From: mary ruth
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:41 AM
Subject: HealingCrystals.com - Discount Prices on Healing Crystals, Minerals & Tumbled Stones
I stumbled on your site today while looking for some stone information...I make jewelry on request for friends, who seem to think I 'know something they don't'...ha. One thing I DO know is nothing happens by chance, and I feel strongly that I found your site this morning for more than a place to peruse the metaphysical properties of various stones.
I have been wandering about and rather disgusted w/ my own spiritual practice...I am wonderful at reading about it, and talking about it...but putting it into practice is another thing entirely. I was very drawn to your aqua aura points and your Himalayan crystal points. I also read a very interesting piece by you about working w/ one stone at a time for a period of a couple weeks or more to get something out of it (I never feel a thing from all the stones I work with, though I have a few I am fond of....but I have never used one exclusively for a period of time). My biggest problem (I think) is that I never actually bother to meditate, I talk about it, read about it, plan to do it...but do I? yeah...you know the answer to that one by now. NO. (certainly not w/ any regularity...I might do it for 3 days in a row, and then not once for the next 3 months...dumb, I know.) There must be a block somewhere...Or I am terminally lazy.
SO...are there any stones you recommend I meditate with to get past this? I have several on my wish list...I just have to have the money to order them :-)
would aqua aura or the Himalayan quartz be good? anything else?
You have a fabulous site, and I love your attention to answering questions. Just reading through them is an education in itself!
Thanks much for visiting our website. We really enjoy receiving feedback from people on the spiritual path who want to enhance their practice through the use of crystals.
Creating a meditation practice can be challenging to most of us practioners. First I would suggest creating a sacred space for meditation. Choose a space that you find comfortable - a place that you would like to go to every day. Have fun developing this space by creating an altar using crystals, offerings (food, flowers, water, etc.) icons (pictures or statues of light beings or sacred symbols), nice cloths - what ever speaks to you. Look for pillows or seats or a chair that you may find comfortable to sit on for at least 20 minutes. The idea is to create a space and time to sit still for a period of time each day. First you may want to start out with 10 minutes, work up to 15 and then to 20 minutes. Once you have the space, then find a good time to practice. I recommend trying it once a day first then working up to twice a day for at least 20 minutes. I would first recommend using:
Aqua Aura Quartz - profound peace during meditation
- frees you from limitation and creates space for something new to emerge
- activates the throat chakra encouraging communication from the heart
- deepens spiritual attunement and communication
I would start out with the Aqua Aura and then add the Himalayan Quartz if it speaks to you.
Try both together and see what happens! The Himalayan will amplify your energy during meditation.
Next I would recommend:
Rhodonite - is great for mantra based meditation
In addition to creating the space, you may want to add either a meditation CD or some music - depending on what speaks to you. Harmonics can really clear and align your chakras and elevate your inner light.
There are lots of meditation techniques out there to try, so I'd experiment. You may want to seek out a formal class and see if it resinates with you, or you may want to try it alone and then venture out and try it with a group. There are even websites out there that have meditation on line that you may want to investigate. Just do what speaks to you and remember to be patient with yourself - you're changing old habits and developing new habits. Letting go is a process that takes time and compassion to develop.
Much Love to you as you venture into yourself!
From: Mary Ruth
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:22 AM
Subject: Mary Ruth: Comment from HealingCrystals.com - Discount Prices on Healing Crystals, Minerals & Tumbled Stones
Thanks so much for your response.
The Aqua Aura was the one that stood out to me the strongest so I will go with that and take your recommendation as a confirmation of my own intuition.
I have meditated for years...I am just terrible at staying on track and deepening my practice. I took classes and learned TM back in the 70's, and lately have been studying Buddhism through many wonderful books by Thich Nhat Hanh.....BUT I keep stopping and starting, seeming to be blocked by something inside myself that I can't identify or clear out. For the past week I have felt restless and dissatisfied spiritually and get the distinct impression that someone is waiting for me to get off my ass and get to work. I began re-reading The Goddess Path yesterday. I am waiting for the new moon before I begin anything (which is tomorrow at 6 something a.m.).
I won't have the aqua aura yet, so I am debating what to meditate with while I wait; I can order it next week after this weeks Friday paycheck is safely in the bank, but until then what? I am thinking (again perhaps my intuition stepping in....maybe) that I would start with a large smooth tumble of Carnelian that I have had for ages. I know I have difficulty with my root and sacral chakra, and I now carnelian is linked to those.
BUT I am looking forward to working with the aqua aura and hopefully it will help open up whatever is blocked... (that and actually doing it every day!)
One question before I begin tomorrow (if you get to it)...I understand sacred places. I have a small trunk in my bedroom where I keep my assorted collection of stones and other 'magical' gear....offering bowls, incense, smudging sticks, moon water, salt etc. (I used to keep it out but it all kept getting dusty....I live in an old, pet filled house) On top of the trunk is a large marble tile for doing work or making offerings of incense etc.....The window it sits in front of faces east and gets the morning sun. ANYWAY (sorry) to the question: It's a small house, pet and people filled (family of 5), the bedroom is the ONLY place where I can really make a sacred space and be undisturbed (and early in the morning when the sun pours in on the bed it is my favorite room in the house) SO question: is it ok to meditate on the bed? I know one shouldn't do work on the bed, or use electronics in a sleeping room, or anything like that....bringing disturbing energy to a place where you want to sleep and all that. BUT is doing meditation and working w/ crystals ok to do on the bed. (the room is tiny and there really is no where else except the floor at the foot of the bed (between foot of bed and altar)....It's just that the bed is a lot softer than the floor and I'm slightly less likely to attract a curious dog in the face if I'm sitting on the bed as I would be if I sat on the floor (I can never do yoga without a cat trying to sit on me or a dog suddenly licking my face!)
Thanks for your time! I can't wait to order that crystal!! I feel like something is waiting for me and I am eager to meet it, whatever it is (or who ever)
~ mary ruth
Hi Mary Ruth,
Thanks for your return message! I believe that it's fine to meditate in your bedroom. Actually, I started doing just that - every morning (I was attracted to Danburite at the time) after waking up - I'd take my crystals and sit still (before "doing" anything) for at least 20 minutes. I felt as if I was recalbrating myself after years of "needing to do". It felt grounding and blissful at the same time. After awhile, it didn't seem like a "chore", it became a part of my daily routine and a way to reconnect with my higher self and my guides. I believe that there is no "right" way to meditate - there are only guidelines to help us create clear energy for easier connection to the light. Also, as the light builds, you will be able to hold the intention of not being disturbed so animals and people will not disrupt your connection during the meditation process.
I think you're going in the right direction with the carnelian - working on what may be a great start. And it sounds like your guides/higher self is trying to get your attention so trust it and try to sit still. Also, when I've experienced resistance, it usually means that I'm ready to meet something that I'm repressing or is fearful to address. Again, trust your inner guidance on this and try to sit still and let whatever it is move through you and enjoy the process - even the stuckness. Being with the stuckness leads to the opening!
Carnelian is great for grounding you in the present!
Much Love on the path,