Overcoming Obstacles and the Crystals to Help You Bounce
By Tara Mideaker
Recently I came across a tennis match on television. The announcer explained that this was a pivotal match. It was a tennis star's first game in several years after she had dropped out following a chronic illness. This tournament was her return to the sport where she had always triumphed. The camera showed the star sweating, muscles straining, brow furrowed in complete focus – it was clear how much effort and will she was putting into this match. Then the camera panned to her opponent, whom the announcer noted was new to the game, unknown and less seasoned than the tennis star. The opponent bounced...she literally bounced all over her side of the net. Upright, calm, seemingly without a care in the world she lobbed ball after ball back at the hard-working tennis star.
Here was the perfect physical representation of the polarity of life. Sometimes we struggle and sometimes we bounce.
It is inevitable that we will face obstacles throughout our life. Some can be big ones, like the death of a loved one, an illness, or a job loss. Others are less significant like a traffic jam when you're already late; a migraine on the day of a big meeting, or losing your passport. No matter how big or small, they come when we least expect them, they are devastating in various degrees and they most definitely steal our bounce. As those obstacles become part of our past we then have to face what is often the most difficult part – moving forward.
I don't know if the tennis star won her match or not. The outcome of the match seemed trivial because just by showing up and playing the game she had already won so much. Even without her bounce she was still moving forward. So for all of us who keep showing up and playing the game...even when it’s hard...even when we don't want to...even when we've got no bounce...here are some crystals to help us through:
One of the scariest things in the world is when we have to start over after a loss. Aquamarine is the Stone of Courage. It will calm your fears and worries. It promotes continuity, and encouragement to join the flow of life. Most importantly, it works with your Heart chakra to help you realize that you can do anything. Black Onyx encourages happiness, helps us to release the past and build a new future. Fire Agate offers protection and support and infuses your future with positive energy. Other crystals for courage are Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, and Black Tourmaline.
You're already exhausted and now you have to find the emotional and physical strength to move on. One of the most powerful crystals is Amethyst. It will transform any negative or debilitating energy and give you enormous strength. Bloodstone removes blockages and increases energy. Smokey Quartz offers a steady, consistent energy that builds stamina and our immunity to draining energies. Other crystals that will offer strength are Garnet, Ruby and Jasper.
Your world has crumbled and now you are expected to build again. It can be difficult to believe that things will get better. Amazonite soothes trauma, eases transitions, and attracts success. Rhodonite will help you to uncover new passions and skills. Opal eliminates fears, enhances intuition and promotes your own personal power. If you have faith in yourself – then you know that anything is possible. Other crystals to encourage faith are Azurite, Chrysocolla and Sugilite.
FAKE IT 'TIL YOU FEEL IT
While it is important to be true to yourself, sometimes you just have to fake it to get by. I believe it is a key component to a successful transition. Approach it just as you would the principles of manifestation. If you keep smiling even when you want to cry, eventually you'll really feel like smiling. And of course, the more positive energy you put out there – the more is going to come back to you! Garnet, Lithium Quartz and Sapphire will help. Labradorite gives you the willpower to fight your own negative thoughts to let the positive shine through. Rutilated Quartz is a powerful tool for visualization and just infuses everything with light and joy. Dumortierite gives you stamina, confidence and makes the transition process easier.
Be courageous, stay strong, keep the faith and never give up on yourself. Before you know it – you'll find your bounce!