November 2017 Newsletter
Welcome to November!
This month we are reminded of the role of gratitude in a meaningful and fulfilling life. We know that being grateful helps us to focus on the positive energies in our lives and makes the challenges we face easier to manage. That knowledge doesn’t always make it easier to appreciate what we have when things are tough. Fortunately, we have crystals to help. In our article “Crystals and Gratitude” by Crystal Cosmopolitan, she shares the role of crystals and how they can assist in the active practice of gratitude. This is the perfect time of year to try it and see the value that thankfulness will bring into your life.
November also brings a very definitive change of seasons across the Earth. A great way to welcome these changes is by enjoying the opportunities they present to spend time with your loved ones. The table is a natural gathering place for friends and families. Whether you are grabbing a quick bite or enjoying an all-out celebration, you will want to make some room at the table for the positive energy of crystals after reading “Crystals at the Table” by Sonia Acone.
We want to help you make this November memorable for you and yours, so we are offering a Red Jasper Cabochon along with 15% off your order. Just use the code JASPER15 when placing your next order. All of us at Healing Crystals want to express our gratitude for you and your ongoing support of our mission.
The Healing Crystals Team
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!
Crystals at the Table
By Sonia Acone
For some years now, I’ve kept a dish of crystals on our kitchen table. The dish may change with the seasons or my moods, and the crystals often change to reflect what the family needs at certain times, but the message is always the same: the crystals stay on the table. My oldest son, Jeremy, started what is now a long-running joke when someone knocked over a salt shaker which, in turn, crashed into my dish of crystals. Jeremy threw out his hands and yelled, “Nobody move! Mom’s crystals have been disturbed! You will feel their wrath!” Narrowing his eyes, and in a sinister whisper, he continued, “Now we’ll await the hellfire and brimstone…” To which I naturally gave him the “Mom eye-roll” and proceeded to put things to rights at the table.
The family doesn’t always know the reasons by which some crystals appear in the dish while others are taken away, but they all understand that they are there for a specific purpose and they respect the fact that the crystals do help us, especially when we are all at the dinner table together. Many an argument has ensued between my husband and oldest son (both are Leo’s) over dinner-table conversations, or there could be way too much goofing off between our two boys, especially when my husband is trying to have a more serious discussion which, in turn, almost always evolves into some sort of life lesson. So, in the interest of peace and tranquility at the table, I set out a dish of crystals that I had hoped would be beneficial to everyone.
There is always a Clear Quartz crystal, but then I have added Dumortierite, Moonstone, Lapis Lazuli and Blue Lace Agate for peace; Lepidolite and Sunstone for a bit of fun; Malachite, Bloodstone, Chrysocolla, etc. for healing; Hawk’s Eye (Blue Tiger Eye) and Pietersite for a bit of creativity and intuition; Shattuckite for letting go of past issues; and a Rutilated Quartz for those times when I look up to the ceiling and whisper, “Heaven help me with these guys!”
One of the amazing aspects of this dish is often found when the boys’ friends come over and one or more of them almost always notices if new crystals have been added to the dish. I do one of my little happy dances in my head when I see their interest in the crystals. A friend of Jeremy’s was here recently and couldn’t take her eyes (or her hands) off a tumbled Tiger Eye. She was enthralled with it, which gave me a hint as to what she would be getting as a Christmas gift.
To have young people appreciate and understand that crystals can be used in their daily lives is something that has brought me immense joy over the years, and I will continue to introduce them to more of the same. Speaking of Christmas, when I asked what Jeremy wanted for Christmas, he replied, “Can I have a crystal necklace?” Talk about a happy dance – and yes, I did grab a tissue for the few tears of joy that fell.
Update: Jeremy now has his own place. And yes, every year, he asks for some crystal item for Christmas. His apartment is becoming a crystal haven, just like our home. He still freaks out if someone knocks over the crystal dish, whether here at home or at his own.