The cats had me up. The humidity was awful. I just woke up cranky and needing several cups of Java to pick me up.
Had I been thinking? I might have reached over and tucked a piece of Rutile Quartz under my pillow last night.
So what’s a Rutile Quartz and why do I want to use it?
Rutile quartz crystals have a very calming effect on the mind. They allow you to tap into your intentions of relaxation and feel calmer. They are super great for when stress is getting to you and you just need to remember to relax and breath – one, two three, I CAN DO THIS! This is one of many types of relaxation and calming crystals that I have available on my website. Feel free to click here if you’d like to see more.
Let’s dispel a myth for a second here: Crystals are not instant fixes. You can’t just put one on and go AH, see? Now I’m better! They can, however, work quickly, if you have used them before and are in the habit of how to connect with their energies. I’d love to tell you that you can tuck one under your pillow and WHAMMO BLAMMO you have instant sleep! But, you do need to work a bit with the stone first.
Step 1: Sit with your crystal and look at it. This is called “getting to know” your crystal or “connecting with it”. Roll it in your hands, look at it, touch it. Really look at it and discover its beauty, it’s nooks and crannies, its faults or bumps. This is your new companion as you start your new journey.
Step 2: Tell the crystal what you want it to do for you. This is called “charging” your stone. You are announcing to yourself, the universe and to the crystal that this is its job. For Rutile Quartz, announce (tell, charge) the stone by saying something like this: “You are going to help me to relax. You are going to help me to let go of my busy thoughts. When I hold you in my hands, I WILL feel relaxed. I will be able to let go of my thoughts. I CAN relax. I can put away my busy thoughts!” (Use whatever words you feel are right.) Do this every day for a while. Pick a time where your day is quiet and you won’t be interrupted for a few moments. If you meditate, you can do this at the same time.
Step 3: Relax. Put your stone where it’s going to be kept at night (under your pillow, while you are wearing it, etc) and let your mind accept that this is your new partner, friend or companion with your goals. Now and then during the day, think about your stone and how it’s going to be there for you when you need it. If you are wearing it? Touch it now and then and remember for a few seconds that this crystal is going to help you when you are going through some tough times ahead. It is powerful. It is strong and it will be there for you.
Step 4: When needing to relax, use your crystal. Hold it in your hands, touch it, stroke it and know that it can help you to relax and let go of busy thoughts (if this is the case). As you are doing this say in your mind (or out loud if you’d like) something like: “I am relaxing. I am calm. 126.96.36.199.etc… I am going to let go of my thoughts that bother me.” And whenever those busy thoughts get to you? Try the same thing. After a while you will feel the connection between your crystal and how it works with you knowing you are focusing your intentions and using the crystals energy to help you.
Does this always work?
This technique works with a LOT of people as you are making a change with your mind to alter your thought patterns (when it come to relaxation for example). But not everyone will be successful. There may be outside influences or chemistry in the body that just doesn’t allow for some changes to be made.
There is no set time limit on how long it will take for you to be able to access the healing crystal’s energy. It may be immediate or it may take you longer time. Some individuals are very connected to the energy around them and will feel the effects sooner, while others struggle with accepting that a “stone” can help them at all. I have had clients who have immediately been drawn to a crystal and known that “THIS IS THE ONE! YES!” I’ve talked to others who just didn’t get it at all. “Its a stone man… a rock. Period. End of story.” And that’s okay. Some individuals just are not able to connect with this type of healing and need their own style of relaxation techniques. If this is the case for you? Perhaps you have a friend who could use your crystal. All it needs is a little cleansing and it’s good to move on to it’s new home.
Once and a while I find these awesome beauties in my collection. What you are seeing is a gorgeous natural crystal from Tibet. Tibet crystals are really powerful if you are looking for something that can help you attune to OM vibrations.
Okay now that this is aside, why do “I” want to use a crystal that attunes to the OM vibration? Let’s look into that.
First, what’s an OM?
Om is a Mantra (a sound, or a vibration to make things sound easier) that is traditionally chanted during certain points in your meditation or yoga practices. This Mantra (or sound) is said to have a very high creative and spiritual power to help with your healing intentions.
Let’s practice! How do I say this word?
It actually sounds like the letters A U M put together. Here’s a fabulous video so that you can hear this sound:
Try this: Say the word AWWWEEEEEEE and feel it from the back of your throat. Really pull the sound deep from within you. Then say OOOOOOOO by making the sound in the upper part of your mouth. Then feel your lips closer together saying MMMMMM (like you just tasted something incredible.)
Alright, now you have that. So WHY do I want to do that?
Think about our Earth. Everything is moving. It’s vibrating. It’s energy. It’s pulsating and electrical and there is so much happening that you can’t actually see. Chanting the OM Mantra is connecting to that universal natural energies around you. Here’s a few reasons why you might want to do such a thing:
Helps you with your own self healing power
Concentration and focus
It is said to purify the area around you and even the people around you as the vibrations spread
Creation of positive energy and vibrations
Helps with relaxation (dealing with stress! Who doesn’t need THAT?)
Helps you to think clearer and make decisions (helps you to relax and overactive mind and thoughts so you can see answers to your questions)
When working with crystals (such as these) you can help attune your crystals with your intentions while meditating and chanting OM. Especially helpful if you are working with a particular crystal that goes hand in hand with OM energy.
Now this is only scratching the surface of working with Mantras, chanting and meditation. There’s a lot you can learn to help you along your own personal healing journey from teachers, friends and even books and videos on self help. It’s a positive step to work with your own personal healing energies so matter what items you choose to work with (crystals, tools etc).
As humans, we sometimes forget that our pets feel stress. They get emotional, upset and overwhelmed with life. Just as we use healing crystals for ourselves, we can impart some of this to our cats and dogs as well.
So how do they work?
Inherently, crystals offer emotional support and healing to the wearer. But also, you can add your intentions and good vibes (or feelings) to the stone yourself and then give them as a gift to your cat or dog. Each type of crystal has it’s own type of healing properties.
Please note: crystals do not replace proper veterinary health care. The use of crystals goes hand in hand with the proper care that your doctor suggests for your four legged friend. They are companions in their care and should never EVER replace the advice of your pet’s healthcare doctors.
So how do I do that?
It’s a very easy thing to do and here are a few steps you can follow. And honestly, there are no rules to this, you can do whatever feels right to you.
When your crystal arrives, cleanse the stone if you wish. This removes any residual energy that the crystal may have picked up on its journey to you.
Take the time to touch the stone after you have cleansed it. Hold it in your hands and let it warm up to your skin temperature.
Close your eyes and visualize the healing properties you wish to see the crystal help your pet with. Don’t just do this for a second, take a minute or two and tell the crystal what you would like it to do for your pet.
When you feel you are finished, add the crystal to your pet’s collar and spend time with your pet visualizing the healing properties working in tandem with your pet’s care to help them to feel better.
It’s really important to note that crystals are companions along your pet’s life journey. Just like they are for you, they are there for emotional support when you need them. Sometimes? The universe has other plans for our four legged friends and they are only meant to be with us for short periods of time. But during that time, perhaps your gift can help them through the tough spots and also help them to feel your love in times of stress.
Something good to note, crystals are fragile and with very active pets they can be damaged quickly. If you are going to follow along a journey of having one for your loved one, it’s always good to enter into this knowing and understanding that this is a possible outcome. Over the years of working with humans to help their cats and dogs, there is more of a trend that crystals go missing on dogs than cats.
Every day we deal with emotions. Some of them good, some of them stressful. Some of them are downright hair pulling madness!
When life tosses you troubles, look perhaps to Agatized Coral for a helpful healing crystal.
Agatized Coral for life changes
It’s a neat way that this crystal was formed. Many millions of years ago (like 30!) this was a piece of Coral living out it’s life in the Sea. Along came Father Time and the clocked ticked away. Silica in the ocean water hardened and replaced the coral with Chalcedony. And then one day, this crystal came into our lives. So there’s a lot of interesting history to your crystal. (The link on the image above goes to my website, if I have these in stock you can find them there.)
Agatized Coral can help you when you are dealing with emotions. They are especially helpful if this involves family members and arguments or other personal relationships. It’s sometimes hard to keep your cool. You can use this as a touch stone to remind you that you can stay focused and safe from the negative energies flying around you.
Change can be scary – but on the other hand? Change can also be exciting and full of awesome adventures.
During life transitions, reach for a crystal that can help empower you to move forward with positive and helpful energy.
Carnelian is one of those crystals that can help you to embrace changes and begin new phases of your life on your own terms and by being yourself, FULLY!
You can trust your own instincts and overcome negative conditioning and let your true inner self shine like the sun.
Using Carnelian helps you to feel protected and grounded while also empowered with energy the motivation to push through things.
Open yourself up to welcome abundance and energy and you can really grow and change. It’s also a great partner for those who are artistic or if you are working with your Sacral Chakra. Working with this charka helps you to be open to change and to trust your instincts as you go through experiences in life.
Carnelian’s colour is natural, that gorgeous orange you see is straight from Mother Nature’s paint brush. It’s vibrancy is hard to ignore and it’s light energy is one that is amazing to work with.
Carnelian is a great crystal choice to add to your collection.
Bills.. dishes.. let the dog out.. did I let the dog out? bills…. paperwork.. taxes.. where did I put that receipt? Did I unplug the flat iron? Oh damn, my laundry is still in the wash and it’s 10pm! Ugh.. did I let the dog out on time? Oh I hope she does not pee on the floor.. Is the house on fire? I’m sure I unplugged the flat iron!..
UGH! We all get this.. the nagging thoughts that get in our way when we are trying to do something quiet and calm with our minds and bodies. In this case, you could try working with a piece of Amethyst to see if it may help you to soothe those thoughts and focus on what you are trying to accomplish.
If you have a piece you are ready to work with, try closing your eyes, relaxing and letting the stone connect with you. Feel it in your hands (if you are holding it) or let it touch your skin if it’s a piece of jewelry. Take a few minutes to breath deeply and let those daily stresses leave you and sink back to Mother Earth (it’s okay, any negative energies won’t hurt the earth, it’s there for you to release them so you can heal and move on.) It may take more than once or twice to feel a difference, but every time you meditate or relax, try to caress or feel the stone and allow it to partner with you to filter down those busy-bee-babbling-inner-thoughts. After a while you may suddenly be aware that you *are* relaxed and calm.
I often will use Amethyst when I am doing my Yoga practices as it helps me to block out all those naggy thoughts – like exactly the ones you see above!) LOL… and yes it does help me. I’ve talked with other clients over the years who have also had great success with this type of healing crystal. It may be worth a try if you are having trouble with those rambling thoughts like this.
I do try to keep this crystal in stock in my shop at Wicked Stones as it’s a regular one that folks end up picking up. If you don’t see any? Send me a note and I’ll get right back to you if we have any in the shop just waiting to get put up.
You can relax.. you can let go of all the muddle fuddle in your mind and focus..
Agates are a powerful crystal that can help you to relax during times of stress and turmoil and let all those nasty energies go away.
It does this by grounding your energy and giving you a better sense of balance. This can be really helpful when you are in a situation where you feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do or what direction to take. When you are balanced, you can more easily look at the problems in front of you and discover paths you can take.
Agates are also great for inviting luck and abundance into your life. Abundance can be anything from wealth to good energy and vibes. Or people around you that bring you happiness and joy. Abundance is not always about finances, it is what brings the best to you and gives you happy feelings.
Looking for more centering and calming crystals? Visit Wicked Stones and find your healing crystal.
And yes, I do wear an agate from time to time… especially when I’m looking at a pile of monthly bills going “what? hey! where did you come from!” Ugh!
Tektite – a powerful crystal for connection with Thor (God of Thunder and Lightening)
This is a natural Tektite and it is formed when meteors hit the planet and then fly back into the sky (while melting rocks and other things around them) and crashing back down to the surface. As they drop, they cool into these interesting shapes. Some say that this stone helps to connect with healing energies from the guardians of the Pleides (a group of stars within the Taurus constellation).
In ancient times, this stone was associated with the Gods of thunder and lightening (Thor – Viking culture). Also excellent for attracting wealth, working with dreams, releasing stresses and letting go of things you no longer need in your life. Looking to make changes? The energy of this crystal can partner with you on your journey.
Today I’d like to ramble on about the Root Chakra and how it effects your daily life.
If you are new to dealing with Chakra Energy, it can be overwhelming when you first start because there is a lot of information to gather to help you to understand how it all works.
Here’s a basic quick run down on what a Chakra is:
A chakra is like a center of energy that swirls around and corresponds to particular nerve center of our bodies. These are a part of our major organs as well as our emotional, spiritual and psychological make ups. There are seven major sections you can work with but in this posting, I’m going to address just the Root Area.
So now you have an idea of what the Chakra are – this is what they do.
Everything in the world changes, moves and flows – as do our Chakra. But sometimes these areas get blocked and like a sink drain, clog up and cause problems. The worst scenario I can compare it to is when your plumbing gets clogged and you end up with a steaming mess to deal with (yuk!) So now take that visual and think about your energy centers. When a Chakra is open and flowing, so is your energy and so is your health and well being. Now as far as how you begin working with a Chakra and getting it to flow correctly, as you travel along this life’s journey, you are going to discover many avenues to achieve this goal. What I am going to write today may be only one way of many you could pick from – when it comes to healing the mind and body I always suggest that you learn and work with what works best with you, personally! And as always, never replace this type of healing with regular doctor visits – stay safe and healthy in all the ways you can. 🙂
So where is your Root Chakra and tell me more about it.
This particular Chakra is often called the Base Chakra (or Root and Muladhara). It is located between your legs (coccyx) at the base (or root) of your spine.
I have seen it represented in a variety of colours – Red, dark browns and blacks. Personally? I have used all three colours when working with this Chakra to see if they resonate with my healing and each of them work for me. But if you feel more strongly pulled to one of these colours? Please do work with them as you should listen to your inner voice.
This area is the grounding force that connects us to the Earth’s energy and helps to empower who we are. The Root Chakra helps us to deal with the tasks given to us and it gives you the ability to stand up for yourself and feel secure. This Chakra is our sense of survival and our right to exist. It is the rock of our on which your entire Chakra system and all the energy in your body rely upon.
Okay, now for my personalexperiences – life sometimes gives me too much to handle and I begin to feel overwhelmed and when that happens? I start feeling sad, which then turns to exhaustion, which THEN turns into something even more annoying – depression. I start getting thoughts like: “Bahhhhhhh, I can’t deal with this.. this stinks.. I don’t want to get up and go to work.. baaahhhhhh.. I should just stay in bed, what does it matter if I go anywhere… who cares.. bah bah bah…” Um hum, that‘s healthy!! (NOT!) I’m a high energy person, I know how to get things done and when this mood hits me? I know I have a blockage in my emotional plumbing somewhere. (Yes that IS me in the photo up there.)
Here’s a bit more detailed info for you to gnaw on:
An imbalance in the Root Chakra can show up in many ways.
A chronic lack of energy with exhaustion after even a slight bit of exercise
Stiffness and painful movement in hips, legs, feet and lower back
Lack of circulation in hands and feet
Depression and self esteem issues
Feeling a lack of security
(check! Check! CHECK!) Yes I get this a lot…
How to use the stones to work with my Chakra
Okay, check! I have my stone! Now what? If you are sitting there holding a gem going “um okay.. am I fixed yet?”, you still have some work to do. You are going to discover that there are multitudes of ways you can use – no way is the best way and no way is the worst – you should try a few out and see what works best for you. If you dealing with some of those symptoms, you should also look at mundane physical reasons as well and not just rely on what I’m writing here. So here is how I work with the stones to achieve my goals and you can take this info and see if it works for you.
First, I find something to help me to find a focus point to work with this Chakra. That’s where the gemstones come into play. I also want to point out that for most of my clients, working with Chakra healing, balancing and opening, is not an instant fix. You can’t just put on a piece of jewelry and expect sudden results – you use the stones with your intentions and focus of energy to achieve these goals.
The above photo is a very simple healing stone pendant that is made of Red Jasper. You can find other grounding crystals by visiting Wicked Stones.
When it comes to the Root Chakra, this involves how you are connected to the Earth itself. You could carry a gem that corresponds to this area in your pocket or wear it as a piece of jewelry and get your hands in the earth and garden. Pottery making and pulling weeds, also helps in it’s own way, to connect you to what is below you and keeping you solid on the ground. As you are working, relax, breath and allow negative energy to flow from your fingertips and back to the earth below. This helps to lower your tension levels and release some of the negative bobojees you may have inside of you stop blocking this area.
If you can, lay or sit down on the ground and use your focal stone on the area in question – if you can’t do this outside? You can meditate and relax anywhere you need to.
Even if you are at work in the office, find a quiet location and try this:
Take slow relaxing breaths and allow yourself to connect more fully to the ground below. Visualization is an excellent tool here so begin imagining this chakra (as a spiral of energy), being clear and flowing. Ask yourself what you need to release in order to feel better – is it stress over a job you didn’t complete? Is it bills or finances that are out of your control? Can you find a way to understand that you can worry about these things and then allow the thoughts to move through you and be released while STILL understanding their importance, but NOT lingering on the emotional baggage they create? If it’s important, you do not need to let go of a problem or issue but you can allow the energy to flow through you and “RELEASE” instead of clogging up in your thoughts and causing physical burdens.
This is where good meditation practices come in to play. If you work with yoga practices, try these techniques.
If you don’t feel you can meditate successfully, put on headphones and allow the soothing sounds to wash over you and help you to stop gritting your teeth and feeling the strain. Relax in other ways that work for you, could it be exercise or jogging? Going for a walk? Every step you take, you are connected to the earth below and you CAN allow negative energy and blockages to leave you. Allow your body to release the toxins back into the ground (where it will be washed clean by the rains) and begin to feel the strength of the earth connect to you and give you the strength to deal with what IS and what MAY come.
With this Chakra open and balanced, you have the power inside of you to be exactly who you are with strength and power.