Crystals to Help with New Year Resolutions
By Debbie Elaine
It’s that time of year again - the end of one year and beginning of the next - making January the perfect time to dump those things in life that no longer serve our highest good, while starting some new habits that will help us be better versions of ourselves in the new year. It’s “New Year Resolution Time”!
Whether you dutifully make and try to keep your resolutions each year, or you run screaming in the opposite direction when anyone brings up the subject, there’s probably room for some growth here. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I have learned a few things over the years, and adding crystals to the process makes it more colorful, more fun and, for me at least, a more successful endeavor. Here at Healing Crystals, we’re all about helping people find balance and harmony in their life with the assistance of crystal healing. So let’s look at a few things and a few crystals to help make 2014 the type of year you want it to be.
First, pick one or two things you really want to embrace for your life. I’m a big believer in “moving towards” success rather than “turning from” failure. It’s a little paradigm shift, but it seems to make a huge difference. So, if you want to lose weight, for example, instead of making your resolution “I’m giving up baked goods and candy”, make it “I enjoy eating the healthiest foods possible each day.” Make it short and simple. Something you can use as a mantra when the old habits try to take you down. Amethyst is one of my favorite crystals for making wise decisions and achieving the calm and balance that allows us to break free from addictions to harmful things and habits. If you are looking to start an exercise routine to help with weight loss and general health, Carnelian and Sunstone can help with motivation (Really, I once picked up a piece of Carnelian and heard, “You need to get more exercise.” There’s something humbling about something that doesn’t even move saying you need to exercise). A good affirmation for this might be “I exercise daily because I value my health.”
Perhaps your resolutions are more spiritual in nature. If you’d like to work more prayer or meditation into your routine, crystals like Seraphinite, Celestite and Selenite are wonderful for receiving Divine wisdom. You can sit near them while you pray or meditate, or hold them and look into them to help you focus.
Maybe 2014 is going to be the year for you to heal or clear some things that have been holding you back for too long. Black Obsidian can help break free of destructive patterns and move forward. Vesuvianite (aka: Idocrase) can help bring buried emotions to the surface for healing and Rhodochrosite helps with healing emotional wounds and encouraging a more positive self-image.
Whatever your goals are for 2014, writing them down in short, clearly stated affirmations and carrying those affirmations with you can really help. The difference between an affirmation and a goal is that the goal is something you WILL do. The affirmation is stated as if you have already achieved it, and that helps you connect to the energy of manifestation—it already is happening in your thoughts, so you can manifest it into reality. Some examples are “I only eat healthy foods that fuel my mind and body.” Or “I exercise daily because I value my health” or “I make decisions that honor me and others.”
Once you have your affirmations written down, you might want to make a copy and put it under a crystal such as a Quartz Tower, or whatever other crystal you have that you feel will work for you. For more effectiveness, as you set this up, hold the crystal in your hands and imagine what it feels like to already be living the way that affirmation says you live. Holding that energy in your heart, repeat your affirmation to the crystal several times and then place it on the paper. You can do this each day or whenever you feel it is needed to keep the crystal energized with your intention.
Be kind to yourself as you work towards change. It takes a while to integrate new thoughts and patterns into your life. If the change doesn't happen in January, or you slide back into old ways by March, so what? Each month has a first day, and so does each week for that matter. You don't have to wait until the first day of the year to start again. Stick with it and you'll get there eventually!
My wish for you in 2014 is that you will be free from those things that no longer serve your highest good and that you will walk confidently and joyfully in the Divine light that shines in you and from you. Blessings and Happy New Year.