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September 2009 Newsletter - Crystals for Back to School

Summer is officially over when I see kids of all ages waiting for the school bus at the appointed place around the corner.  I often wonder, who is more excited?   The parents or the kids? :)

Each generation has their own unique tale.  We heard Grandma and Granddad tell us stories of walking for miles in six feet of snow with baked potatoes in the pockets to keep their hands warm on their way to school.  After, of course, they had already been up for five hours doing chores, milking cows and feeding the chickens.  I used to love those stories!

Today, kids walk to the bus stop chatting on cell phones and texting the person right next to them.  They carry large cups of double vente lattes with soy and whip.  They use computers to do their homework and calculators in math class.  Meals come from a vending machine or a fast food joint.  Ah! How times have changed!

The most important lesson I remember from school is that, "Change is the only constant in the Universe".  Lucky for us, we have an unlimited number of resources in order to help our children learn and grow in these constantly changing times.   This of course, includes crystal energy.  So let's look at some crystals and how they can assist all of those who find themselves in the Back to School groove.  Whether you're still at home, or studying at college, these crystals can definitely help to maintain balance, focus, and stability in the hustle and bustle of school life.

At some point, especially with the opening days of a new school year, there may be that overwhelming feeling.  So much to take in, in such a short period of time. Amethyst and/or Chrome Diopside will help to ease these feelings and find a sense of calm.

New concepts can be daunting at first and frustrating!  Share some Lapis Lazuli, Clear Quartz, or Rose Quartz to help your student persevere through even the most challenging of concepts.

The slogan, "A Mind is a terrible thing to waste", still holds true today.  So how to keep the brain focused, alert and able to absorb the information presented?   Try Labradorite, which helps to stimulate mental activity or Calcite to help energize the brain and keep it alert.

Concentration issues?  Use  Apatite, Fluorite, and/or Topaz help enhance concentration.  Hematite, Onyx and/or Tourmaline can assist in the area of Focus.  To help with memory, in the retaining and applying of information, try some Carnelian, Emerald, or Pyrite.   Ruby gathers and amplifies energy to help promote and stimulate mental concentration as well.

You can even make concentration fun!  For the younger school go'ers, put away the flash cards and memory aids for a day.  Use tumbled stones as teaching tools for addition and subtraction, Earth Science lessons on geology, and mental accuity games.  Two Rubellite crystals plus five tumbled Lapis Lazuli make learning a lot more exciting than showing a card with numbers on it!

Society today is a generation of gadgets and your kids are no exception.  They need to be protected from the invisible electromagnetic frequencies that are given off by their cell phones, computers, ipods, blackberry's, and the like.  Tape a piece of Amazonite to your young adults cell phone or add some Aventurine to a pocket or carry case.  Other stones/crystals that can assist in removing/repelling these unseen frequencies include: Herkimer Diamonds, Lepidolite, Black Tourmaline, and/or Unakite.

To read more on EMF's and how they affect us click here

First school play?  Hate standing up in front of the class?  Put a piece of Watermelon Tourmaline in your childs pocket to ease the nerves and enhance confidence or gift your child with an Aquamarine pendant to wear at their presentation.  Red Tiger Eye is also an excellent stone for public reports, speaking, presentations, etc.   It enhances confidence in the self and the subject being presented.

We all could use a little Motivation from time to time and school is no exception.   Charge some water with Unakite to give to your child before homework.  If you are handy with jewelry making, craft some earrings out of Morganite or wrap a pendant made from Rutilated Quartz.  A simple elastic bracelet made from Red Tiger Eye will increase motivation and creativity.  Citrine is a powerful motivator and enhances physical energy when feeling a bit drained.

Do your kids lack Self Confidence and Self Esteem?  These are formative years, another lesson in how to function in a larger society.  It can be scary and seem daunting.  Let's face it, we don't all come out of the blocks full of confidence, right?  Here are a few suggestions of some stones and crystals that can infuse your child with supportive and loving energy.

Carnelian enhances creativity and boosts confidence
Cavansite is beneficial to those who have a hard time standing up in front of others-it generates a calm and confident demeanor.
Chrysoprase helps to not only accept others as they are, but to accept ourselves as we are. A self empowerment stone.
Garnetinspires Self Confidence and productivity
Rhodochrosite promotes a smooth energy flow, emotional expressiveness, kindness, tolerance, compassion and self-love.
Rhodonite can help to achieve ones greatest potential. A self empowerment companion.
Sodalite helps one to stand up for themselves, and keep true to their truth.
Tiger Iron promotes self assurance.
Green Tourmaline is a wonderful stone to enhance self confidence and self esteem.

Need a cool project you and your child can do together to raise their self esteem?   Let them show their unique creativity by gluing various stone cabochons inside of their notebook or making their own crystal grid in their room.  The creation process is not just for kids.  Adult students, bring out your inner child and make a notebook for yourself!

Shy? Carry peach/orange Aventurine to help ease this condition.

In school, as in life, you or your child may come face to face with those people who love to bully others.  Choose a gift of Morganite, Angelite, Selenite or Chrysocolla for loving support, courage and protection.

We all feel stress at one time or another.  Students (and parents) are no different in this regard.  Here are a few crystal suggestions to help reduce and relieve stress and tension.

Place some Amethyst under the bed to help remove any stress from the day and to help your busy student get a sound sleep.
Put a tumbled Green Aventurine in a crystal pouch that can be worn during the day (and night).
Gift your child with a piec of Blue Calcite or Chrysocolla that they can carry in their pocket during the school session. Then ask them to take it out of their pocket and place it in a bowl before they come into the house.  This way, they leave their worries outside with the stone.  The night time air will cleanse and prepare the stone for the next day so that they can put back into their pocket before heading off to school.

If you are uncertain as to what your child needs for that day?  Place a bowl of stones at the front door and allow them to choose one to carry with them. Intuition is always right.  There is a sense of self empowerment in being able to choose what will accompany them during the day.  And that is always a good thing.

Your child love stars and planets? Purchase some wire wrapped merkabas and hang them from the ceiling. Not only will they add a touch of your childs personality to the room, the stone energy will also help with studies and sleep.

Crystals carry remarkable energies to help with your studies, and they are also there to support and encourage as you step into a new year, full of new adventures and experiences.  Rock On! and.......

Class dismissed for now!

Written by Kristi Huggins
Author and Project Manager for Healing Crystals

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Posted on September 15, 2009
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