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The harvest has been collected, we have passed the Autumn Equinox, and the darkness of night is beginning to exceed the light of the day. As we prepare for Samhain/Halloween, now is the season for preparing your yearly plan for Shadow Work. Shadow Work is an intense and focused process of dealing with the dark parts of yourself, the difficult habits and traits that can lead to negativity and destructive tendencies. I am a strong believer that Shadow Work should be attended to all year long, not just in the Autumn and Winter seasons. That being said, the colder, darker months are a very good time to look inward, and develop new coping techniques, self-care methods, and introspective practices to help you understand that balance within yourself of light and dark. For example, have you developed a negative habit to cope with stress? Part of Shadow Work is identifying the problem, analyzing the coping method, and deciding if it is for your highest good to continue with this method. If it isn’t, then you need to come up with a plan to alter your behavior. Some helpful tools in this process are divination (read some runes, do a tarot spread, pull an angel card), journaling, and meditation. You may even find it useful to seek out a qualified health care professional to talk things over with.
This month, we have some great articles that go further into depth on this subject. “Crystals For Shadow Work” by Kat Michaels explains how certain crystals and minerals can help you on your Shadow Work journey. From Krista Mitchell, we have a wonderful writing entitled “How to Work With Obsidian”.
What's happening in October at HealingCrystals.com: Keep an eye out for our Spooktacular Halloween Sale! Black and Orange rocks will be the name of the game *wink*
May you have a peaceful and grounding Samhain!
The Healing Crystals Team
by Kat Michaels
It's been a powerful year - release and regeneration have been the themes of 2018. In the process, many relationships, ways of being, communication styles, and other ingrained situations and habits have been considered, upended, and ultimately reformed or released entirely.
One consistency in all of this is that those things that have buried deep in our psyches have continued to come up in our lives - the stories, traumas, conditioning, worries, doubts, and secrets that we have tried so hard to push down keep rising for our examination. For those souls who haven't been working continually to resolve lingering wounds, these issues are likely to have risen in an even more dramatic way, forcing heavy review. And as we prepare to head into Scorpio at the end of October, which rules the house of death and rebirth, those things that haven't yet been addressed are likely to rise again for clearing.
How to deal? First, it's remarkably important to address things head-on instead of pushing them down. Those facets of our being that we don't like to acknowledge or express are collectively known as our "shadow," and it's essential with any self-love or spiritual practice to love all of ourselves, even the parts that we don't normally rave about. The ultimate goal of "shadow work" is to bring those hidden pieces of ourselves into the light so that we can heal them and integrate them fully without shame.
But what if the memories, analysis, and healing get to be too much? Are there ways to alleviate some of the pressure or to cope? Absolutely. First, grounding is essential. If you don't know much about grounding, here's a link to an article I wrote in our July newsletter - Grounding Essentials. Additionally, make sure that you're getting adequate rest, drinking plenty of water, and eating nutritious foods so that you have the physical support to move past tough emotions and properly detoxify your body of the associated energy.
Next, pull out your crystals! As your shadow rises and forces your attention, work with the following crystals to uncover, illuminate, address, and shift the patterns and other issues that you need to heal. I also recommend carrying a grounding stone like black tourmaline or smoky quartz throughout this healing process. Here are a few more that you can work with during this time:
by Krista Mitchell (Original Source)
Obsidian is a powerful crystal that supports shadow self healing, psychic protection from the dark arts, and increases psychic sight. Here’s how to work with it.
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