January 2018 Newsletter
Welcome to 2018! At the heart of every New Year is a fresh start that each of us feels in our own way. Some of us believe in setting new goals and want to begin the year headed in different directions. Others are ready to pick up where they left off before the blur of holiday and year-end activities disrupted their routine. It is empowering to create and enact a resolution whether it is a new beginning or you are resuming where you left off. Of course, a resolution is the perfect complement to the New Year, but it is not always easy. Just remember you have plenty of support available and check out our article “Crystals to Help with New Year’s Resolutions” for inspiration. Sometimes even the excitement of a New Year isn’t enough to keep you motivated and thriving during the winter months. Our article “Winter Blues” offers suggestions on simple changes that will help keep you feeling bright and cheery during the dreariest of days. All of us at Healing Crystals wish you a Happy New Year filled with Love, Joy and Abundance!
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 this year 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 this year 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, 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 this year 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.
By Tara Mideaker
I never thought that it would happen to me. I watched it happen to others and empathized with the urge to just give in to the cold, dark days that make you want to forego your normal routine. While it is natural to rest during the winter months, it can be a challenge for most of us to give in and let go of our busy schedules. It is very healthy and beneficial to change your routine and “play hooky” from your life every once and a while. But you want that rebellion to come from a place of fun and whimsy and not because your current circumstances are depleting your energy. Here are some ideas to help when you feel overwhelmed and tired of it all.
Charge your water with Green Tourmaline. Green Tourmaline has so much fiery, aggressive, masculine energy that it cannot help but revive your spirit. I keep a bottle of water in my refrigerator with a Green Tourmaline bracelet on it. I drink it in the morning and it fuels my energy for the rest of the day.
Change your light bulbs. I know this sounds goofy but I recently ran out of light bulbs and could only find those that simulate Daylight. It is amazing how they have completely changed the energy in my home. Every room feels brighter and lighter and my crystals love them. Just try one and see if it doesn't make a difference.
Carry and/or wear Tiger Eye. Powerful Tiger Eye gives you courage and strengthens your willpower. Whether you use Brown, Red, or Blue, it can help you trust yourself and that inner voice that will let you know when to keep going and when to stop. Carry all three with you for a day and see how it feels.
Try something new. There is nothing more exciting than doing something different. Maybe you always wanted to try a dance class or learn how to make jewelry. Now is a great time to go for it and many places offer free trials. You will feel happier doing something that you love.
Surround yourself with Clear Quartz. Clear Quartz chases away any negative energy, increases the positive vibrations and draws in more light. It will brighten everything, including your mood and outlook.
*If you believe that you may be depressed, please seek medical counsel. Crystals are for healing and should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care. Please consult your healthcare specialist for your particular needs.