July started with a bang at Healing Crystals, and not just because of all the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Our special edition Independence Day newsletter received a lot of positive comments and support from our community, and we thank you for the great response. While fireworks are very much on our minds at the moment, we are not content to rest on our laurels. Rather than swelter in the summer heat, we are thinking cool thoughts and want to thank all of you for your support over the years. To celebrate July and show our appreciation for our loyal community, we are offering 20% off everything in our catalog during our Christmas in July promotion. That's right: 20% OFF EVERYTHING at Healing Crystals from 07/15 through 07/21. Fill your stockings now!
July is the height of summer, with days that can be bright and sunny or hot and humid. But even as we reach the peak of our summer days, we know that the times will be changing soon. This month, Cassie Desir, crystal expert, invites us to prepare for change with her article "Crystals for the Changing Times." In her article, Cassie discusses the metaphysical changes that are taking place this month and in the near future as we travel through the astrological signs of Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and Virgo. Need some help adjusting to these changes? Cassie explains how chakra meditations, Moonstone, Citrine, and Apache Tears can all help us find our way through the changing energetic landscape and grow in positive ways.
Chakras are very much in our future as well as our present. Our second article, "An Introduction to Chakras" by Rachel Niemczyk, teaches us the basics about chakras. Rachel, a crystal sensitive and Feng Shui practitioner, gives an excellent introduction to the chakras and suggests a crystal for each chakra point, including Red Jasper for the Root Chakra, Amethyst for the Third Eye, and Clear Quartz for the Crown. She explains the basics of the chakra system, and the importance of balancing the seven major chakras along the nadis, or energy paths, that flow metaphysically along the spine. Read up on these crystals and chakras now, as we will revisit the chakras in August as we celebrate our first Chakra Week 08/05 to 08/11.
Get ready to celebrate Chakra Week, coming soon in August. And take advantage of our 20% sale on the entire catalog now with our Christmas in July sale. Thank you again for all of your support, and we will see you soon.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Crystals for the Changing Times
By Cassie Désir
Last month we discussed the Summer Solstice and, as we have since left the sign of Gemini and entered into Cancer, we are encouraged to integrate the aspects of duality in our lives. Summer Solstice celebrates life, yet also serves as a reminder that the days will begin to grow shorter and the nights longer as we gradually move back toward fall and winter.
Lately it seems as though change is the only constant, and change has been happening at a very rapid pace in many of our lives, causing intense periods of growth in a short span of time. Gemini is an air sign and mutable, which can often lend Geminis the ability to see both sides of an issue. Being able to see multiple perspectives increases our ability to adapt to change in our lives. We could all gain from increasing our comfort with change, and Moonstone can help us to do this. Moonstone also resonates with Gemini.
The more we are able to be mindful of both sides of an issue or a problem in our lives, the better equipped we are to reframe our understanding of the issue from a more holistic perspective. This is easier said than done, because it often involves facing our fears and releasing our attachments. This can be more daunting when we are unsure as to where our obstacles lie. Your intuition will be your guide here, and now more than ever we need to consciously work toward reaching meditative states in our individual lives and collectively. Crystals that can help with reaching such states are Amethyst, Blue Kyanite, and Celestite. Celestite calms the mind to help facilitate a meditative state, while Amethyst enhances spiritual awareness and wisdom, connecting these to the physical realm. Blue Kyanite also serves as a connector between realms, which assists us in assimilating the spiritual insights experienced during meditation.
To help release any attachments that no longer serve us,Apache Tears can help us to let go. They help us to accept and release grief, removing blockages. For strength and courage in the face of our fears, Bloodstone and Ruby can be our allies. Bloodstone helps us to overcome fear and worry and find our inner strength. Ruby increases awareness of emotions and connects us to divine love, strengthening our ability to face our fears. Leo is a fire sign that also signifies power and strength. The lesson from Leo is to use our creative energy to become powerful leaders and achieve our goals. Carnelian also resonates with Leo and Virgo.
The wonderful news about all of this is that it clears up our energy to focus on manifesting what we want to create in our lives! There is a wonderful energy for manifestation this summer, and Apatite and Citrine are excellent choices to use for manifestation. Apatite helps us to bring our ideas into reality while Citrine attracts wealth and abundance.
As we move from the fiery magnetism of Leo we enter into the grounded earthiness of Virgo. What we use our energy to manifest in the world should always be in accordance with what is in the interest of the highest good of all beings. Virgo teaches us the importance of service to others. May you go forth into the coming months with strength, courage, and compassion for others.
lokaha samasta sukhino bhavantu
aum shanti shanti shantihi
may all beings be happy
and may my thoughts, words, and deeds
contribute in some way to that happiness
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
An Introduction to Chakras
By Rachel Niemczyk
It isn’t too uncommon to hear about energy work today. It’s the basis of many alternative healing modalities including Reiki, Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and crystal therapy. It is a part of some religious and spiritual beliefs such as Hinduism and Buddhism. It is also the core of Feng Shui and considered a major aspect of yoga (particularly Kundalini and Anusara yoga).
The reality is that energy work is recognized throughout the world. Different cultures may have different terms for energy (from the Chinese chi and Japanese ki, to Greek pneuma and Indian prana), but the idea remains the same. Energy work is based on the manipulation of life force energy; energy which flows through all living things. This energy cannot be seen with the naked eye and moves through space in ways our physical bodies can’t. It reflects upon us: our interactions with the environment and health on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.
There is an entire culture of energy work so to speak. And one of the basic tenants of knowledge in this field is chakras.
Chakra is the Sanskrit word for wheel, and it is used to describe energy centers in the body because chakras are portrayed as swirling vortexes. These energy centers are constantly moving: sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes vibrantly, sometimes sluggishly. It is normal for chakras to change because they are a reflection of our inner selves. Chakras show changes that are occurring in our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy bodies long before we recognize them consciously.
This is why many people consider it important to work with their chakras. By healing and balancing our chakras we are automatically working to heal and balance ourselves on all levels. Working with chakras brings up challenges we may not have consciously realized we have so that they can be worked through. The entire point of this process is to stimulate healing, and it is a lifelong process because our chakras change as easily and frequently as we do.
During Healing Crystals’ Chakra Week this August we will be focusing on the seven main chakras which run through the midline of the human body: Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, and Crown. There are numerous choices of crystals to use for these chakras, for example: Red Jasper for the Root Chakra, Orange Aventurine for the Sacral Chakra, Yellow Aventurine for the Solar Plexus Chakra, Green Aventurine for the Heart Chakra, Blue Aventurine for the Throat Chakra, Amethyst for the Third Eye Chakra, and Clear Quartz for the Crown Chakra. We hope this week will further your knowledge and aide you on your self-healing journey!
Eden, Donna and David Feinstein. Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality. New York: Penguin Group Inc., 2008. Print.
Mercier, Patricia. The Chakra Bible: The Definitive Guide to Working with Chakras. New York: Sterling Publishing, 2007. Print.