Summer 2012 at the HealingCrystals warehouse has found us working through many days of over 100 degree weather and experiencing some volatile storms. Our thoughts of safety are not only internalized, we also think of you, our customer, and wish everyone a safe and happy August.
As summer comes to an end, and some of you prepare for new projects, and some of you start thinking of the school year ahead, we invite you to read the personal experiences of Sarah Duni Bourland in her article Crystals and Creativity: How Crystals Can Aid Your Creative Process.
And with safety still in mind, we turn energetically to the article written by Lourdes Lebron Crystals for the Psychic Protection of Children.
We hope you find these articles enjoyable and informative!
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Crystals and Creativity: How Crystals Can Aid Your Creative Process
By Sarah Duni Bourland
Creativity is something that we all naturally possess. However, through life’s ups and downs it is not always easy to stay close to your creative self. I enjoy writing poetry, playing music, drawing, and painting – though there are times when I am just not inspired to do any of them. I know they are good for me to do, and will make me feel better, but there are times when it just seems pointless to put the effort into it.
I’ve noticed that when I am in balance, I am more likely to feel inspired to create. That is when songs will show up in my head and I will be inspired to record them. Inspiration can be a very elusive thing. I have learned it is better not to chase it, but to let it come to you. However, it is important to be open and receptive to it, and to maintain a certain balance within yourself, so that you can be open to receiving it. Crystals have helped me in this way because they can help draw me out of myself and keep me grounded and balanced. If I am feeling in a funk, often I will pick a crystal or two and just hold it and look at it, and notice how it makes me feel. They help me get into a meditative state, which relaxes me and opens me up to life’s flow.
Because of their structure, vivid colors, and the way they reflect and absorb light, crystals have an obvious visual appeal to artists. I often find myself drawing or painting crystal-like shapes subconsciously. It is as if from handling them and spending time with them, they become ingrained into my subconscious and will find ways of manifesting themselves through me. When I first realized I could feel the energies of crystals, I understood that I can act as a channel for their energies. When I hold a crystal, I can feel its energy rushing through me.
I started writing songs a few years ago. I have been playing musical instruments since I was a child; however I had never had the inclination to be much of a songwriter. I had come up with my own parts before, but had only composed a full song once, for a music theory class. When I started writing these songs, it was not a conscious, logical effort on my part. They just started coming to me. This was around the same time that I started learning about crystals, and was given some by some friends. I immediately became fascinated with the crystals. I believe that they helped me get in touch with my intuitive side and opened me up to different forms of energy, which was how the songs started coming to me.
Even though I started playing and performing music at a young age, I always suffered from performance anxiety and stage fright. When I started writing these songs, my husband encouraged me to perform them with him. I was pretty terrified at the prospect. Meditating with crystals also helped me in this area. I would sit with some crystals and visualize performing the set, and visualize myself being okay and even enjoying it, and I would see a connection with anyone in the audience. I have made leaps and bounds as far as performing. Before I started writing these songs, I never would have dreamt of singing by myself in front of people. But I somehow found the courage because I had some songs inside of me that wanted to get out. Specifically, I found orange calcite to be very helpful for my stage fright. I also have a rutilated quartz tower that helped me with that. I even bring crystals on stage with me. They help me feel protected. I also try to use them to clear the stage of any negative energy before we go on.
Rose quartz has also been a huge help to my artistic side. It was the first crystal that I felt a very strong connection with. Rose quartz is known as the stone of unconditional love. It is a beautiful pink color and has a wonderful loving energy. A big part of being creative is truly loving yourself enough to express your true self, and believing that you have something worth expressing.
Right now I am working on a painting to donate to a fundraiser for bats. I do not pride myself on being a great painter. For me, it is more about expressing myself through the colors and brushstrokes. I did not know what I wanted to paint for the fundraiser, but I felt compelled to make something for it. I have a strand of irregularly shaped clear quartz crystals. I had put the strand on top of a speaker, and one day I arranged it into a bat shape to help me feel inspired for the painting. I did not want to just paint a picture of a bat. I prefer to paint abstractly. While I was researching bats online I came across a study done to research bat echolocation. Two brown bats had been equipped with a small microphone while they flew, and the microphone recorded their sonar signals, which had then been reproduced photographically. I thought the picture of the sonar was beautiful. It was pink and purple, and I thought it would be the perfect inspiration for my painting. I wrote to the scientist who had done the study and got her permission to use the photograph. It could just be a coincidence that I had arranged the quartz strand in the shape of a bat on top of a speaker, and then found inspiration in the sound waves of the bat, but I like to think everything is connected.
Have crystals helped you with your unique self-expression? Let them help show you the way!
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Crystals for the Psychic Protection of Children
By Lourdes Lebron
Children are naturally energetically sensitive, and many see auras, spirits, and other energy forms. The challenge for children is to not be afraid when they can see or feel what others can’t. In this article I’d like to discuss ways that you can empower your children, and help them deal with their sensitivity.
The best time to start is before they even get up in the mornings. This can be done whether the child is in a crib or old enough to be in an adult- size bed. I suggest bathing them in white light and asking the powers that be to protect the child. If you need inspiration for doing this, just imagine the bubbles kids blow in the summer, and encase your child in one of them. To strengthen this field, you can ask their guardian angel to sit on top of the bubble and keep it strong. Repeat this process every night when they go to bed, and every morning when they wake up. If you are a Reiki Practitioner, you can place a CKR symbol in their aura above their Crown Chakra, and imagine a white bubble coming out of the symbol.
If you meditate, go to your favorite spot and ask the help of angels. My favorite is Archangel Michael – but feel free to ask whichever deity/spirit/ angel you are comfortable working with. Ask the angel to form a protective ring around you, and imagine that your child/children are in the ring with you. You can ask for a protective ring of mirrors (to reflect energy back), fire (to keep others away) or pink (to wrap your child in love). Imagine this ring and feel its strength for approximately 5 minutes. After you are done, thank the energies that helped, drink some water, and continue with your day.
Children love crystals and have a natural affinity for picking out which ones are best for them. Teaching children how to build protective walls is very important and if they can use crystals to augment this habit, it will be of immeasurable help as they grow older. If they are too young to do visualization exercises, having a piece of jewelry made out of one of these crystals will help. For the young child wearing a piece of jewelry, an adult can imagine the energy of the crystal surrounding the child as another form of protection.
The following crystals form the foundation of a protective practice. .
Labradorite – Not only does it protect the aura, but the play of light will also appeal to many children. For kids who are imaginative, they can imagine themselves in the center of this crystal where the lights are constantly changing.
Rose Quartz – Although this isn’t normally thought of as a protective crystal, you can have your child work with its loving energy by having them imagine themselves encased in pink. Some children have playmates or schoolmates that may not be friendly, but by wrapping the other child/children in pink, your child may find them easier to get along with.
Tiger Eye – Like Labradorite, many children will love to play with the light refraction in this crystal. I would suggest any color that they are attracted to in this stone. You can ask them to imagine the crystal shooting out a light that forms a force field around them.
Hematite- This crystal is very shiny and may appeal to children who love shiny objects. Many can imagine a fortress wall built by this crystal that keeps them safe.
If your child seems to absorb the energy of the atmosphere around them, they can be taught to blow the energy out of their mouths. When the child is still, have them sit down and imagine white light being poured into their heads to clean out unwanted feelings. As the light is being poured in, they can help get rid of the unwanted feelings by exhaling from their mouths. As the air leaves their mouths, they can push out all the unwanted energies that don’t belong to them. After doing so, they can ask fairies and angels to change all the negative and unwanted stuff into “pixie dust” and “angel dust”. This may take up to 5 minutes to do. After they are done, place a protective shield around them or have them practice building one by themselves.
Many children see things that others don’t. This is the time when communication is extremely important. I recommend talking to the child to ask them what they see. Some may be able to describe in full detail; others may just be able to draw them.
Children may sense the energy of their guides, angels, or loved ones who have passed – but because they are not familiar with them, they may become scared. By identifying who or what they see, you can reassure your child to let them know that they are being protected and loved. On the other hand, if they are scared, they need to feel that they have the power to get rid of the energy. They can tell the energy to get out, move away, or leave them in peace. If they aren’t comfortable doing so they can ask their angels to do so. Some children like using a pointed crystal wand to draw a protection ring around themselves. Others like to use the wand to send out white light that keeps the other energies away. A Selenite wand is perfect for this purpose. To strengthen connections to their spiritual guardians, I like to place statues of protective energies (angels, deities, fairies, etc.) by their bedside.
If you do all of the above and it is not helping, I would clear the home of energy by using sage, holy water, and sound. They may be sensing negative energies which were unintentionally brought into the home. Some children are very sensitive to electromagnetic fields, and it is possible they are sensing these. I would move all electronics as far away as possible from their bedroom, especially their beds. For many children keeping a night light or a salt lamp on in their bedroom helps tremendously to allay fears. Amethyst, Chrysoprase, and Sodalite under their pillows may offer deeper and more restful sleep. Jet under the mattresses will provide some protection and help to clean the energy at the same time.
Psychic Children by Sylvia Brown and Kids Who See Ghosts by Caron Goode are two books that can help parents understand what their children are going through, and how they can make their lives more peaceful and enriching. Trust that, although you are not sensing what they sense, what they are going through is real and you can help them empower themselves.
Brown, Sylvia. Psychic Children. New York: Penguin, 2007.
Goode B. Caron. Kids Who See Ghosts. San Francisco: Weiser, 2010.