Pride of the Land

I am safe, I am trusting on our great land. In a life I walked a path that was my own. I saw love lost and lost love. I thread the paths of my ancestors, where tears were shed and … Continue reading

September 27th/ 28th 2015 Blood Moon

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This September 27th/28th will bring us a very unusual celestial event, a Blood Moon, Super Moon and Lunar Eclipse in one eventful night.

Total Supermoon eclipses are rare, according to NASA in the 1900’s they have only occurred five times. After this September 27th/28th it will not happen for another 18 years.

This coming Lunar Eclipse is the fourth and final one in a total of four Lunar Eclipses (called the Lunar Tetrad). The previous eclipses have occurred on April 15th 2014, October 8th 2014 and April 4th 2015. The really interesting thing about these dates are, that each of these eclipses in the Tetrad have occurred about six months apart and have 5 full moons between them!

A Blood Moon is a Full Moon, a perfect opposition of the Moon and Sun with Earth in the middle partially blocking the Sun’s light making the Moon appear red.

It is believed that the human race will experience an awakening, a greater sense of intuition and some will even say psychic abilities.

The collective conciseness of people around the world will feel their willpower expand a strong determination and willingness to expand and learn.

For those of us that are lovers of crystals and crystal healing this is a perfect time to cleanse and recharge our beautiful natures gems.

Crystals absorb energy, from their immediate environment and, if you handle them frequently during healing practice they will absorb negative energies.

To cleanse your crystals bring them outside when darkness falls, if you are unable to bring them outside then leave them inside your window, the moons rays will still have an active effect on your crystals, leave them there to pick up the maximum cleansing power of this unusual celestial event.

You should ideally leave them out overnight but do try to bring them in before sunlight, some crystals can loose their colour from the sun, it will not affect their vibrations but it can be upsetting if your beloved crystals loose their vibrant lustre.

It is important to remember that after you have charged your crystals that you give them time to renew their abilities of focusing and expanding energies and vibrations.

Something that could also be worthwhile for you to also do is meditate under this Blood Moon, it will be a rare opportunity for you to work on your spiritual growth and soul knowledge.

Wishing you a wonderful spiritual journey on this rare celestial event.

Love Sue xx

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My Road to Healing

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‘Healing’……what does that word mean to you?

Is it something that requires a bone to be set by doctors, an open wound that needs dressing or just a day in bed to recover from the flu. These all hold a variation of healing that can be treated by modern day medicine and the many skilled and wonderful medical practitioners that we have in society today.

What if your healing requires something that lies within you, wounds that have cut so deep that the internal scars are visible only to you, they leave pain that is only felt by you and that ‘fear’ is a daily reality that can only be dealt with by you.

I believe we have all experienced this, becoming lost in a fog of despair, that feeling of being alone in a crowded room, where all the voices just become noise and you cant block them out. I have struggled at times with these feelings and emotions and I have come out the other side, stronger then I ever thought possible.

My healing began down the route most people take, the doctors office. Sitting in the waiting room surrounded by people that were coughing, pale in colour and obviously sick, then it hit me, these people were really sick!

I was a bit down but in perfect health, which to be honest sitting amongst these people made me feel very much the hypocrite. That was when I began to dread the conversation that lay ahead and how exactly I was going to explain myself. Where the hell was I even going to start?

I feel I need to be honest writing this and tell you truthfully what occurred. I walked into my doctors office and she had only said the words ‘Take a seat.’ and I broke down, I don’t mean dabbing away a tear or two I mean I cried harder then I ever remember, torrents of tears that left me unable to utter a single word, I couldn’t breathe I gasped for air and tried desperately to gain my composure in front of this concerned looking lady. Without a sound she brought me a glass of water and said ‘ Its ok, everything will be fine.’ The relief! Someone saw that I just needed to release, to cry to just completely let myself show. I don’t actually remember the entire conversation but I do remember the mind numbing headache I had leaving that evening. I genuinely left that day with a sense of ‘Hey girl, you started this now bloody finish it.’, and I did.

I took my doctor’s advice and sought a confident to entrust with my feelings, issues I really didn’t know were bothering me but turned out to be roots of things that had grown out of my control.

I avoided medication because it really wasn’t something I wanted to do, my doctor was supportive of me making this choice, not all are but she took the time to get to know me and knew that shunning meds was the right choice for me. I have been particularly lucky in having wonderful partner that supports and loves me without question and two friends that I trust with my life.

Amongst one conversation I had with my confident she gave me a piece of advice that has stuck with me since, ‘You need to learn to quieten your mind.’ and that was my eureka moment. I took up yoga and fell in love with the peace it brought to me.

This time when I was in a crowded room I did not feel alone, I felt very much a part of it. I was and am fortunate to have wonderful yoga teachers and people that take part in this wonderful practice.

I pulled out all my books and beloved crystals that had been packed away many years ago and once again found my love of healing, meditation and spirit. I have even began taking courses (and gained certification) to support my love and practice of healing and spirituality, I am busy now in the best way possible.

It has taken me some time to once again find myself and it was because I asked for help. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to feel vulnerable and do not feel you are the only one goes through this, you are never alone.

What I have learned is this, don’t consider your life to exist inside a box, to be kicked around when others may feel you are in their way or shelved when they don’t need you. Why should your existence depend on others happiness? You are beautiful, I really mean it… strong, beautiful and unafraid. Take a step into your storm, the clouds will eventually blow away and seas will calm, the sun will shine only for you, it’s then that you will truly enjoy your journey.

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Lapis Lazuli

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Lapis Lazuli is known as a stone of Royalty, King Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus was richly inlaid with Lapis as were many ornaments and jewellery from ancient Egyptian times, it was also frequently ground down into a powder and used as eye make up and dye.

Legend states that King Solomon was presented a brilliant blue Lapis Lazuli ring by an Angel, the ring allowed him to control legions of demons so that he could build the Kingdom of Solomon.

Lapis activates the third eye chakra and in doing this it develops psychic intuition and spiritual guidance, it brings a connection to physical and celestial planes. It is a stone that releases stress and brings a sense of great inner peace, a magnificent stone to meditate with. It protects against psychic attack, creates a barrier and returns negative energies back to its source.

It is a highly spiritual stone and as most blue stones works with the throat chakra, enhancing communication and stimulating the spiritual seeker in the desire for knowledge and understanding.

It promotes openness, truthfulness and mental clarity, quietening a busy restless mind and bringing an individual the peace that they seek.

Lapis can also assist those that have suffered with abuse issues, psychical or mental, it gives them the strength, courage and confidence to overcome that what has affected them.

Its keywords are Inner Vision, Communication, Truth. Its element is wind and its chakras are third eye and throat.

Lapis is a very soft stone that can be affected by chemicals, it scratches easily and can be damaged by other stones, caution is recommended when wearing or storing this beautiful stone.

Love,
Sue xx

Note: Crystals are used as spiritual supports and normal healthcare and medical advice should still be adhered to.

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Crystals for Relaxation

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Relaxation, such an easy word to say but sometimes the hardest thing to do, your mind becomes a cavern of questions that span from the “what ifs” and “I forgot to dos”. The time you took for relaxation becomes the mind numbing calling of unanswered questions and by the end of it you have a headache and are reaching for the aspirin.

One word……”Meditation” let this be your new calling, lighting a candle, burning incense and of course crystals, but, what crystals? Here are my favourite natures gems with an explanation to why they work so well.

Lepidolite

Lepidolite is a stone of transition, it brings with it many calming features, such as relaxation, balancing, a sense of calmness, trust and acceptance in oneself and surroundings.

It brings light and hope to situations that were once difficult to understand, a feeling of inner peace, self-love patience and optimism help a person to see behind negative feelings and experiences so that they can transition onwards with trust and positivity.

Its keywords are calming and balance, its chakra is the heart but also works wonderfully with the third eye and crown chakras.

Smoky Quartz

I always meditate with this, Smoky Quartz is an incredible stone for grounding and protection against negative energies.

It works wonderfully for relieving stress, dark emotions, fear and many other negative feelings that may bring a persons attitude down. It will bring to you abundance, prosperity and good luck, it is also said that it is a stone that will make your wishes come true.

Due to its ability in removing negative energies from a person it will help to protect and cleanse the auric field, it will shield a person from any type of psychic attack.

Its keywords are grounding and centering and its chakra is root.

Pink Tourmaline

Pink Tourmaline helps relieve stress, worry, depression and anxiety. It is relaxing and nurturing and has the potential to help heal emotional wounds replacing them with feelings of inner comfort and safety. It assists in spiritual growth and stimulates a persons receptiveness to the healing energies and wisdom of spirit, attaining peace and understanding.

Its keywords are love, empathy and calmness its chakra is heart.

These are a few crystals that I love to use for my meditation, they truly bring to me that one simple word……..’relaxation’.

Love,

Sue x

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Why use Crystals for Healing

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I have spoken previously of the seven main Chakras. They run along the centre line of your back, from the base of your spine to the top of your head, they are as follows

  • First – Root: Coloured Red

Crystals: Bloodstone, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz.

  • Second – Sacral: Coloured Orange

Crystals: Citrine, Amber, Orange Carnelian.

  • Third – Solar Plexus: Coloured Yellow

Crystals: Topaz, Tigers Eye, Peridot.

  • Fourth – Heart: Coloured Green

Crystals: Malachite, Jade, Amazonite.

  • Fifth – Throat: Coloured Blue

Crystals: Blue Lace Agate, Turquoise, Kyanite.

  • Sixth – Brow: Coloured Indigo

Crystals: Moonstone, Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli.

  • Seventh – Crown: Coloured Violet

Crystals: Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Purple Agate

Each of these chakras vibrate and rotate at different speeds and frequencies, when these chakras become unbalanced, misaligned or slow down it can affect the life force of an individual.

People may be affected in different ways. Physically, normal body functions may be affected by illness and disease, an individual may also become tired, depressed and not feel themselves.

The normal thinking of a person may also become affected resulting in them becoming negative, showing unnecessary fear and doubt and shortened patience (to name a few).

It is very important to keep a stable balance with the chakras, too little has the above results but opening your chakras too much can result in a person burning out or short circuiting due to the rush of universal energy that will flow through your chakras. The correct balance will bring a sense of well being, promote health and enhance a positive attitude towards life.

Crystals can be used to re-balance the chakric centres, they react to electricity (which courses through our bodies) and when placed or used within our auric field, the electrical vibrations of the stones will then help stimulate, harmonise and rebalance the energies.

There is a scientific theory called the ‘Piezoelectric Effect’ which states “The generation of an electric charge in certain non-conducting materials, such as quartz crystals and ceramics, when they are subjected to mechanical stress (such as pressure or vibration), or the generation of vibrations in such materials when they are subjected to an electric field.”

This leans positively towards the workings and support of crystals in healing.

There are many ways to use crystals, for example

  • Worn on the body as jewellery or carried as a tumblestone.
  • Placing under the pillow when sleeping.
  • During meditation.
  • Placed in the home or workplace.
  • In Chakra Healing by laying on the body.

Treating your crystals with respect and with regular cleansing/charging is a necessity. Take your time with them and learn more about yourself whilst working with natures gems, but most of all enjoy your healing.

Love,

Sue x

Note: Crystals are used as spiritual supports and normal healthcare and medical advice should still be adhered to.

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Cleansing Your Crystals by Smudging

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Smudging is one of my favourite techniques for cleansing crystals. The word itself does not sound all that encouraging when you envision yourself working with natures gems, but don’t be deterred by the name, its a beautiful calming ceremony.

What is smudging?

‘Smudging’ is a powerful cleansing technique that comes from Native American tradition. It is when herbs are burned for spiritual, psychic and healing purification. It is used in ceremonies to cleanse people, places and objects from negative energies.

What do I smudge with?

There are a variety of herbs that can be used to smudge your crystals, home or yourself. The most common are White Sage and Sweet Grass I also use Yerba Santa. The herbs are tied into a bundle and allowed to dry, this is then called a ‘smudge stick’. These are sacred herbs and are used in sacred rituals and therefore are treated with great respect.

What do I need to smudge?

  • Smudge Stick.
  • Feather.
  • Candle and match.
  • Large shell, preferably an Abalone Shell.

How do I Smudge my Crystals?

Light your smudge stick from the candle (please be careful not to burn yourself or your property) and gently fan your feather over the smouldering end of your smudge stick. Your intention and belief should be carefully considered to help clear the energy of the crystals to be smudged. Gently pass your crystals through the smoke or alternatively brush the smoke with the feather over the crystals a number of times.

How do I smudge myself?

As above light your smudge stick from your candle, again with great care. Fan with the feather until it begins to smoulder, place the smudge stick in the shell on the ground.

Step through the smoke leading with your right foot, then pick up the shell and using your feather gently waft the smoke toward your body while moving it upwards from the ground.

Keep your thoughts positive, try to picture the sacred smoke cleansing your body and aura of all negative energies.

Always consider your intentions before you smudge and hold it clearly in your mind. Smudging should always be done with reverence and in a complete attitude of love.

Smudging is a truly beautiful and sacred ceremony.

Love,

Sue x
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Amber

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Amber is not technically a crystal but is in fact fossilized botanic resin. It varies in colour, from yellow to brown and reddish brown and can often be transparent.

It has an electrical charge when rubbed, in ancient times the Greeks called it ‘elektron’, a word referring to the sun…..it is thought this is where the word electricity is derived from.

Also in Greek mythology it is said that Amber was created when Phaeton, son of the Sun god Helios was struck by lightening and subsequently died. His sisters were so overcome with grief that they turned into poplar trees and from this the tears that they shed then became droplets of Amber.

The energies from Amber are warm because it is believed to be solar energy. It will bring to the person wearing it a sense of health and well being, it also carries within its energy an organic life, making it feel incredibly friendly.

Amber is a purifier, it acts on the energetic, emotional and physical levels to transform negative energies into clear usable energies.

Because Amber is a form of solidified sunlight, (unlike other crystals and stones that were born from the depths of the Earth) it is an excellent source of beautiful Light energy. Due to its light carrying properties it is excellent in assisting those that can become depressed in the winter months, stimulating the metabolism, physical energy and the flow of energy along the meridians of the body.

Chakra – The Solar Plexus

Key Words – Light energy, Healing, Clarification, Warmth.

Love and healing,

Sue x

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Cleansing your Crystals in the Super Moon.

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Previously we have had three new supermoons in January, February and March 2015.

This Saturday 29th of August 2015 heralds the first of this years three full supermoons, the others shall be on September 28th and October 27th.

Supermoons are not just visually awe inspiring but they also create highly charged events, it is a wonderful time to renew, replenish and rejuvenate yourself and your crystals.

Crystals absorb energy, from their immediate environment and, if you frequently handle them during healing practices they can absorb negative energies, it is because of this that they should be cleansed regularly.

When you have the opportunity to do this under a full supermoon then grab the opportunity with both hands and super cleanse those babies!!

  • How do you cleanse/charge?

Its actually pretty easy and straightforward, place your crystals under the moonlight (when darkness falls), don’t worry if its cloudy or foggy, your crystals will still pick up on those beautiful cleansing moon rays.

Bring them in ideally before daylight, the main reason for this is so that your brighter more vibrant coloured crystals (for example Amethyst) will fade in sunlight. It wont effect the power of your crystal but some people can be left feeling dismayed and disappointed that the vibrant colours may dull.

  • What if you cant put them outside?

That’s fine, you can leave them in a window where the moonlight streams through, I do this with my crystal jewellery, it still works beautifully.

For me, when I cleanse and charge my crystals (especially the ones that I use for healing practices) I will be the only one to handle them.

Crystals absorb all energies positive and negative, and if I am to work with them I like to keep them as positive as possible, this is to prevent negative energies being transferred to myself or others.

It is always important to remember that after you have charged your crystals that you give them time to renew their abilities of focusing and expanding energies and vibrations.

Enjoy the supermoon 🙂

Love and healing,

Sue x

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