Now that September has begun, many of us are back to a more hectic schedule. At Healing Crystals we are busier than ever, and we'd like to thank you for all your support over the years. We have finally settled into our expanded warehouse space, and have more products than ever. If you are a regular shopper with us, you will enjoy your New Products page which is constantly updated with our latest new items.
In the past month, we have also hired two new team members. We'd like to welcome Jim Boland as our new General Manager. Jim comes to us with 19 years of management experience, and with a warm heart. If you have any suggestions for how we can serve you better, always feel free to send us your comments.
We'd also like to welcome Erin, our new customer service representative, who will also be helping to pick and pack orders from time to time. If you call us on the phone, most likely either Erin or Robin will pick up the phone.
Are you working on any goals right now? If you are, you'll enjoy this month's article by Lourdes Lebron titled Achieving Goals with Candles and Crystals.
If you have dreamed of making a pendant out of your favorite stone, you will love this month's article titled How to drill your own stones by Kristi Huggins.
We hope you find these articles enjoyable and informative!
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Achieving Goals with Candles and Crystals
By Lourdes Lebron
When people think of candles, one of the first thoughts that comes to mind is using them to set an atmosphere; not setting an energetic intention. Combining crystals and candles can enhance energy work and increase the vibrations being sent forth. Candles work with the power of stones to manifest goals and bring intentions to fruition.
Before starting any work with candles or crystals, I like to cleanse them of any negative energy they may have collected. You can Reiki them, run them under cold water, put them in moonlight, or pass them through incense. Once the candles are clean and dry (when using water let them dry for a day or two away from direct sunlight) they will be ready for use. The following is a list of goals, and how you can use candles with crystals to create the reality you desire.
Take an unscented candle and lightly coat it in a clockwise fashion with cinnamon oil. As you go around the candle with the oil think of your intention. Feel it in your body. If you don’t have cinnamon oil, spread powdered cinnamon on the bottom of the candle holder. Infuse eight crystals consisting of Carnelian, Citrine, and Amber with your goal. On a sunny Sunday morning light the candle (where the sunshine can hit it) and place the crystals around the candle in a circular fashion. As you do this focus on the success you wish to have. If possible let the candle stay lit for an hour or more. Continue doing this all week or until your candle burns out. Afterwards, take the crystals and place them in your pocket to continue carrying the energy of the crystals and your intention with you.
One of the best ways to work towards increasing abundance is to create a grid. The best day for abundance energy is Thursday, particularly during a new moon. Use ajasmine-scented candle as the center of this grid. Before establishing the grid, hold the candle in your hands and infuse it with your intention. Gather Citrine and Clear Quartz tumbled stones, and imagine filling them with your goals and dreams. Then place the Citrine crystals around the candle holder with the Clear Quartz an inch away from the Citrine, surrounding them in circular pattern. Light the candle and imagine the flame spreading out and filling each crystal. As the fire expands through the crystal, picture it moving beyond the space into the world, carrying your intention out to the universe. Do this for approximately 5-20 minutes every day for a week.
Light a Sandalwood candle. Place a piece of Tree Agate in each hand and inhale the candle's scent. With each breath in, imagine the veins (lines in your crystal), going through your arms. At the torso they extend down. With each breath imagine them being pushed further into the earth. Continue doing this until you feel the lines pushing through your feet into the ground, reaching the hot core of the planet. Once you have reached the core, feel that Tree Agate's veins (lines) have become your roots – and as you inhale, you are now pulling earth energy up to your body. The energy shoots up through your roots into your body and you feel firmly planted in the earth. You are breathing in deep green energy, and your body feels alive and strong.This flow of earth energy should continue for at least 5 minutes. Once you feel well and balanced you can start slowly moving your hands, feet, and body. You should feel grounded and balanced.
A wonderful way to relax is to light a scented Lavender candle when you take a bath or shower. Place some Amethyst crystals in your bath water. If you can add a drop or two of Lavender-scented oil, that would also help. Soak in the water for 5-10 minutes and let the fragrance seep into your body. If you don’t have time for a bath, place your soap on a large piece of Amethyst or surround your dry soap with Amethyst and Lepidolite crystals for up to 20 minutes. Let their energy flow into the soap and imagine it washing away the stress as you shower or bathe.
Most people think that love has to be romantic in nature; but what about loving yourself? To do this you will need a Rose-scented candle and Rose Quartz Crystals. On a Friday night take some time to yourself and light the candle. Sit quietly and hold the Rose Quartz in your dominant hand over your heart chakra. While quietly sitting and breathing, imagine pink light going into your heart chakra from the crystal. Imagine the light spreading from that energy center through your whole self, forming a bubble around your body. The pink light infuses your body with love and compassion. Breathe in the pink light, and as you breathe out imagine all the unwanted emotions, feelings, and energies harbored within in your body leaving. As the breath leaves the body it becomes transmuted into pink sparkles that float around your aura. Do this for five minutes. Once you are done, imagine a pink root going from your body into the earth. Thank the crystal for its help and let it recharge for the next couple of days.
When you come down with a cold or flu and need to get better as soon as possible, using candles and crystals may help give you the edge over your illness. The first thing to do is to light a Eucalyptus candle. This scent has anti-viral properties which will start working its way through your nasal and sinus cavities. The next step is to use Carnelian to boost your immune system. If you have time to rest, place the Carnelian on your Thymus gland (approx. 2-3 inches above your heart chakra). If not, wear a pendant, necklace, or earrings that contain Carnelian to keep increasing the energetic flow to improve your resistance. At night place an Amethyst under your pillow to aid in improving your vibrational health.
Opening and increasing psychic abilities is something many of us strive for. An easy way to do this is to concentrate on relaxing – which is something most of us don’t do. To start, light a Vanilla-scented candle. Holding a Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, or Iolite in one or both hands would be helpful. Just look at the flame and breathe, focusing on the Vanilla scent. As you watch the fire flicker, feel the flame as limber energy flowing through you. If a thought comes into your mind that is fine, let it go, and continue to breathe. Initially, do this 5 minutes a day and work up to 15 minutes (time permitting). After learning how to relax, ask yourself one question that you would like to receive guidance on during the session. Depending on how stressed you are, it may take as short as a week, to as long as a month to start noticing that you are receiving information. Don’t force this process, it will come in its own time. The goal of this exercise is to let you relax enough to let information in. The information we seek is usually within us, but we are too tied up in knots to recognize it. By unwinding we are able to receive the guidance inside of us.
Neroli-scented candles, along with Sunstones, can help cultivate more of this delightful emotion in your life. When using Neroli for joy, using an orange-colored candle holder will increase the energetic output of your goal. Carving a picture of the sun into your candle while feeling joy will infuse the candle with your intention. You can carve the candle with a long pin, nail, or even a pumpkin carver. Once this is done, place the candle in the candle holder. Collect four Sunstones and four terminated Clear Quartz Points. Infuse them with the intention to bring more joy into your life. Place the Sunstones in a North, South, East, and Westerly direction, next to your candle holder. Place the terminated points half-an-inch from the Sunstone in the same directions. Imagine the scent of the candles traveling through the candle into the Sunstones and out to the terminated points where they then travel out of your space into the world. You are now broadcasting your intention to bring more joy into your life. Sit back, breathe in the scent, and let the energy flow. Leave the candle burning for approximately 20 minutes a day. Every day when you light the candle envision a sense of joy enveloping you.
We all need good sleep, and Chamomile- and Amber-scented candles can help us. Light a Chamomile or Amber candle, breathing in the scent and focusing on relaxing the body. Take 5-10 minutes to unwind from your day. Have Blue Lace Agate and Blue Calcite in your pockets, or if that is not convenient place them next to your candle. About an hour before you go to sleep, drink some Chamomile tea. While you sip your tea, imagine relaxation flowing down your throat into your torso and limbs. Once you finish the tea, place the candle in the room where you will sleep. Before going to bed snuff the candle out and the let the scent take you back to the few minutes of relaxation you had after lighting the candle and drinking the tea.
Have crystals helped you with your unique self-expression? Let them help show you the way!
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How to drill your own stones
By Kristi Huggins
We often receive questions concerning how to drill a hole in a stone or crystal so that it can be utilized as jewelry or for hanging.
There are a few things that you will want to know before attempting this lapidary process. You first need to assess whether the stone is hard enough to be drilled through without breaking. Check for cleavage (a smooth, clean break, producing what appears to be a flat crystal face), internal fractures (common breaks within the crystal), or crazing (work of fine cracks on the surface of a material). If you see any of these, more often than not, you will not be able to drill a clean hole.
You will also need a special drill bit called a "diamond" drill bit. Diamond drill bits actually contain microscopic diamond chips which are used exclusively for drilling ceramics, glass, marble, stone, granite, tile, etc. You will also need to have water handy – not only to keep the drill and rock cool, but to remove bits and pieces from the rock as you drill. You will want to invest in what is called a Dremel Rotary Tool. This is a miniature version of a normal handyman drill, with specialized bits designed for more exacting lapidary work.
Also make sure you wear protective glasses as well as a protective mask. The dust from some of these rocks (like malachite, etc) are harmful when inhaled.
Here is a simplified version on how to drill a hole in a cabochon, but it would work equally well for a tumbled stone. http://www.ehow.com/how_4397046_drill-hole-cabochon-jewelry.html
Step 1 – Fill a medium-sized bowl with water. Make sure the bowl is large enough for you to hold the stone under water.
Set the bowl on a level, water-resistant work surface.
Step 2 – Identify where you would like the hole to be on your cabochon and mark with a fine-point permanent marker.
Make sure you do not drill too close to the edge of the stone.
Step 3 – Hold the cabochon under the water in the bowl. Using the carbide drill, slowly drill the hole in the identified spot.
** You may want to use an alternate process here whereby you dunk the stone in water, then take it out to hold. Drill in for about five to ten seconds, pull drill out and repeat the steps.**
Step 4 – Once the hole is drilled through the stone, you can flip it to drill through the same hole on the other side.
Step 5 – Rinse the cabochon in clear water and dry with a soft towel.
Here are a few other websites that include specific step by step tutorials:
The Common Milkweed – How to drill a hole in rock http://thecommonmilkweed.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-drill-hole-in-rock-tutorial.html
How to make jewelry from rocks http://www.ehow.com/how_4777571_make-jewelry-rocks.html
If you have a rock shop nearby that includes a lapidary shop, make a call and set up an appointment to go visit. You may also want to contact your local rock hounds club to get more information on the lapidary process. Once you are comfortable with the drilling steps and have practiced a bit, you will be amazed at the creative projects you will think up! Rock On!
Brown, Sylvia. Psychic Children. New York: Penguin, 2007.
Goode B. Caron. Kids Who See Ghosts. San Francisco: Weiser, 2010.