Can you believe it's November already? Fall certainly has flown by and winter is quickly approaching. This is a great time to slow down and get into a daily meditation and gratitude practice. Simply take a few minutes to sit in a quiet spot and note all of the things that you're thankful for. This can really help you stay centered and balanced throughout the hectic holiday season!
Our first article this month is "Crystals and Gratitude" by Crystal Cosmopolitan. This wonderful article comes just in time for Thanksgiving, but it can be useful every day. It reminds us how the practice of being grateful can impact our life and the lives of those around us. Rose Quartz, Angelite, and Seraphinite are just a few of the crystals mentioned that can help open the heart center to love and gratitude.
"’This the Season to Find the Magic" by Tara Mideaker is our second article. Tara suggests Tiger Eye, Amethyst, and Chrysoprase - among other crystals - to help bring magic and wonder back to the holiday season. If you need to get back in touch with your inner child and leave the holiday stress behind, you won't want to miss this article!
To help you with your holiday shopping, we have an extra special gift for you this month! Just enter the code HCTHANKS to receive 15% off of all orders placed between 11/21/14 and 12/1/14. You will also receive a free med/large tumbled Green Quartz and free med/large tumbled Red Jasper too!
The Healing Crystals Team
Now, on to our Newsletter...
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Crystals and Gratitude
By Crystal Cosmopolitan
A few years ago I bought a notebook with a swirly rainbow-colored cover and decided that it would become my gratitude journal. Initially, I wrote just a few things here and there, but after buying the book Magic, by Rhonda Byrne, I started writing in my journal every night before going to bed. This book inspired me to consider the idea of writing down my thoughts daily.
The practice of daily writing provided me with a sense of calmness and peace, regardless of what had transpired during the day. I was able to fall asleep quickly and to sleep peacefully throughout the night. It is funny how at first I needed to really think about what I was grateful for, and I would struggle to complete the list of ten gratitude sentences. After writing every day for a while, the words started flowing and it became hard to stop them to get some rest!
This practice also made me much more aware of the things that I already have in my life, and to remember all of the things that have worked out, some even beyond my wildest imagination! I started giving silent “thank-you’s” during the day for the many things that I previously took for granted (a tasty lunch, a good parking spot, a bargain, a coincidence that led me to a great hairstylist). Practicing gratitude is a great way to open your heart and to connect with the Divine.
Here is a list of crystals that can help us open our hearts to connect with Divine assistance, in whatever form you might imagine or believe that to be:
Rose Quartz - Appreciating, loving, and valuing ourselves is incredibly important and cannot be stressed enough in relation to any kind of spiritual practice. It does start with us—with being able to experience an inner peace and being able to cherish our inner child. We owe it to ourselves to be supportive of and value our inner world, our imagination, and our intuition; out of love and appreciation for the life that we have been given. Rose Quartz opens our hearts to self-love and, in the process, opens us to receiving more love from others.
Angelite (Anhydrite) - Angelite heightens perception and, according to several authors (Judy Hall, Melody, Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian), increases our sense of connectedness and communication with higher worlds. It can serve as a “talisman”, a kind of reminder that we have access to Divine assistance. Calming and centering, Angelite can help us develop a practice of gratitude for our continual spiritual development.
Seraphinite (Clinochlore) - Seraphinite is known as an “angelic” crystal. Clearing and activating all of the chakras, it is especially beneficial for a gentle healing of the heart chakra. It is an uplifting and joyful crystal that has been known to positively affect the mood of those who wear it or hold it, even for just a few minutes. Renowned crystal writer Melody expresses it beautifully: “This stone, like all Clinochlores, encourages the appreciation of all that is growing - physically, emotionally or spiritually, and encourages the refinements of tenderness and care. It defines a sense of order - in life, in the universe, even in chaos lending the understanding that one is neither helpless nor hopeless in the creation or correction of one's personal reality.” (Melody, Love is in the Earth, page 212)
Petalite - This angelic stone is known for its ability to help in ancestral and family healing. Many authors state that this crystal promotes gentleness and calmness, while helping to remove our attachments to past situations that no longer serve our highest good. Petalite is also referred to as a “stone of vision” that enhances intuition, telepathy and clairvoyance, and can be used in meditation and shamanic journeys. Pink varieties of this crystal bring self-love and self-acceptance.
There are many more crystals that can be used to increase our sense of connectedness to the higher realms, and at the same time help us appreciate our lives on Earth. Stones such as Petrified Wood, which connect us to our roots and ancient wisdoms; Red Jasper, which is spiritual and grounding at the same time; and Moss Agate, which helps ground emotional energy and stabilizes our energy through connection with nature.
Experiment and enjoy, and see how your life changes when you start giving thanks for all the good in your life. Feel free to post your personal stories of gratitude on our Facebook page for everyone to enjoy!
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Tis the Season to Find the Magic
By Tara Mideaker
Some of my happiest memories of the holidays are when my Mom and Grandma would keep us out of school and take us to the mall. It was our holiday tradition right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas. It wasn’t a “shopping” trip as much as it was a holiday experience where we could enjoy the lights, decorations, and the jubilant atmosphere of the season. It was a time for us to gather as a family and enjoy the transformation of the ordinary into something extraordinary. Isn’t that the magic of the Holiday Season?
Now I am older and the mall is the last place that you’ll find me during the holidays. If I do have to go it is a mad dash in the wee hours of the morning. So I have to wonder; what happened that took all the magic out of holiday shopping? It could be that I’m older and the effort and crowds have taken the fun out of the experience. Perhaps it is that retail has become so desperate to match the urgency of the 21st century that holiday shopping has become more like a race than a destination. It’s hard to feel the spirit when the decorations are up before Halloween - but I still believe it is possible! So instead of wondering where the magic went, I am determined to find a way to bring it back. I have been working on which crystals to bring along to recapture that magical feeling and wanted to share them all with you. So whether your holiday shopping is out of necessity or for the fun of it, here are crystals that will alleviate the stress and elevate the joy!
Tiger Eye is the perfect companion when you want to have fun, but fear elements of stress might get in your way. It is calming while it empowers you to keep going despite any setbacks. Red Tiger Eye is particularly nice for the season because it has a stimulating vibration that gets you in the mood to enjoy your outing.
Amethyst goes with me wherever I might encounter situations of overcrowding. It is grounding and liberating and it enables you to find a calm center amidst the chaos. When I have been in places where I am completely overwhelmed by crowds, Amethyst has actually pointed me in the direction of a quiet area where I can breathe for a moment and feel refreshed.
Shopping is designed to make you spend money despite need and resources, which can lead to feelings of defeat and regret. Green Aventurine will keep you feeling positive and provident and remind you that you will always have what you need. It works well with the Red Tiger Eye to avoid feeling deprived of something that you “want” due to monetary issues.
Perhaps you are ready, willing and able to buy, but fear a better price or item will come along. Chrysoprase can give you peace of mind and confidence in your choices. Hold it in your hand and ask "what do I want to do" and then follow your own advice.
A list and budget can alleviate the tension of overindulgence. Heliodor will help you set and maintain your goals while allowing you to have fun and live in the moment. It will protect you from outside influences and let you remain in control.
Finally, if the pressures of time and responsibility are keeping you from taking a trip to the mall or enjoying another holiday tradition, let Lapis Lazuli remind you that doing what you love should always be your priority. And the holidays only come once a year!
Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays!
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Gienger, Michael. The Healing Crystal First Aid Manual. Scotland: Findhorn Press, 2006.