What are crystals?
Crystals are minerals formed underground from three-dimensional repeating patterns of atoms. A crystal's appearance depends upon the natural characteristics of its type and the conditions in which it grows. Some take on strange shapes, some are very small and others grow very large, developing over thousands of years.
Programming and cleansing crystals
The repeating chemical structure of crystals is said to invest them with a kind of memory. This means that crystals have the power to hold energies. You may hold a quartz crystal with the intention of filling it with your love. This is what programming a crystal means. You do not need any wires or a special connection with God - all you need is intention and focus. The crystal will remember your love, which will then permeate any environment in which the crystal is placed. Crystals can remember negative as well as positive energies and so will sometimes need to be cleansed. For instance, an amethyst will actually help to cleanse a room of negative energies (eg. anger) but this means that the amethyst, which will retain an element of that negative energy, will itself occasionally require cleansing.
There are various ways of cleansing crystals. One of the most common is to submerge them in salt water (sea water is excellent) for a couple of days, then run them under the tap to clean off the salt. Other methods include smudging, burying crystals in the garden for a few days, leaving them for a while in a stream (pick a slow-running one, or they may no longer be there when you come back for them!) or leaving them outside overnight in the moonlight or sunlight.
What gives individual stones their characteristics?
Different stones have different energetic properties. For example, a Tigers Eye can aid those seeking clarity, while Lapis Lazuli is said to expand our awareness and help us attune to our intuition. Rose Quartz is calming and sometimes referred to as the stone of gentle love. Many of the books available contain lists of crystals and what each one means. These meanings are simply interpretations of the energy each crystal carries. Some may consider a crystal with a fresh, lively, citrus feel to it to give zest and promote optimism, and therefore help to reduce depression.
With a little practice and intuition, anyone can interpret the immediate characteristics of a stone. For example, red is the color of action, and red stones can invigorate and enliven in the same way that the blood in your body gives you life. White or clear stones such as quartz may help you to see more clearly. Purple stones may assist in transformation and change. By all means read and digest the definitions in books but realize that it is important to form your own opinions. The shape of a crystal may also affect its qualities. Some people will also consider the number of facets and, using numerology, which attributes meanings to different numbers, obtain further meanings. Below is a list of the most commonly available shapes:
Single terminated wands
These have a single point at one end and a rough or rounded edge at the other. They are used widely in healing, cleansing and meditation and as jewelry.
Chunks are crystals without notable facets. They can be good for enriching a room’s atmosphere, for holding during meditation or simply carrying in your pocket.
Clusters consist of a group of small crystals that have naturally grown joined together. Clusters can be excellent for enriching a living environment or workplace. Depending upon their properties they can cleanse, invigorate or calm an atmosphere.
Cut crystals are crystals that have been cut and polished into shapes such as pyramids, wands or spheres, which can make them very attractive. If they are well cut the energy of the stone can be maintained and sometimes amplified.
Tumble stones are small stones, rocks or crystals that have been tumbled over each other many times with increasingly finer abrasive until the sides become smooth and shiny. Many people like to carry them round in their pocket to keep the energy of the stone with them throughout the day.
How do I choose a crystal?
You do not need to know the exact properties of every stone in order to buy one, although this may help. It is more important to be receptive and allow yourself to be drawn to a stone that will have meaning for you. If you are in a shop simply stand in front of a group of crystals, close your eyes and relax, and when you open them choose the one you feel most drawn to.
When choosing a crystal from an Internet site it is not possible to touch the crystal, so you need to take your intuition one stage further. Browse through the pictures of the various crystals and note, which section most appeals to you. Spend some time browsing through that section. You may find yourself excited by the picture of a particular crystal, with a powerful urge to touch and feel it and a sense of frustration that you cannot. If you feel that you very much want that crystal to be a part of your life, it is likely that on some level it has something to offer you. For example, you may feel drawn to a rose quartz crystal because you need something in your life that can help you develop a love of yourself.
You may see many beautiful crystals but none that compel you to buy them. As with all purchases relating to spiritual growth intent is crucial, and you may need to acknowledge that the time isn't right. If you buy crystals purely because that is what you set out to do then your crystals may lack meaning, and you are essentially starting a rock collection. There is nothing wrong with collecting rocks, but this site is more concerned with using crystals to assist personal development. If nothing strongly appeals to you, accept that the time is not right and come back on another day when perhaps a crystal will plead with you, like a gorgeous puppy, to take it home with you.
In our personal development it is sometimes difficult to know what we need. We may see clearly when helping others with their lives but, as our opinions are colored by what we think of ourselves, find it very hard to be objective when looking at our own. We may like to think we are loving all the time, but in some situations we may be sarcastic, or we may think we are forgiving, but in reality find it hard to talk to a person who has wronged us. Because of this, our conscious selves are not always best at choosing crystals. You may set out to buy a citrine crystal, having read that it can help dissipate negative energy, but be prepared to have your unconscious lead you to a different crystal. The unconscious or higher self doesn’t get involved with life's day-to-day clutter and thus can get straight down to the business of selecting the most appropriate crystal for you. This is why the best approach to choosing a crystal is to quiet your mind and simply do what feels right.
Healing with crystals
Different crystals have different energies and properties, and between them can affect mental, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of ourselves. Simply holding the right crystal at the right time can bring about a change in our attitude and well-being. You don't necessarily need to look up the meaning each time you do this. Over time you may acquire a number of crystals - just take hold of the one you feel drawn to.
The right crystal can affect the energy of an environment, and the energy it holds can influence you whether you simply hold it in your hand or place it by your bed or on the mantelpiece. Crystal healers use their knowledge of the stones and of the patient in the healing process. There are various methods of healing with crystals, such as placing crystals on and around a person while they are lying down, or using a wand or point to focus love, energy and intent on the other person in a way that relates specifically to their ailment and needs.
Can the wrong crystal do me harm?
As with many objects used for divination and healing, a crystal can only do harm in the wrong hands. A crystal healer only uses a crystal as a tool. A great crystal does not make a great crystal healer, just as a great paintbrush does not make a great painter. You do need to take some care if you are looking for a crystal healer. If you cannot get a recommendation from a previous client, speak to the healer before accepting treatment. If you don't feel you would trust them in some everyday matter, neither should you trust them with your well-being. You should try to buy crystals from a reputable supplier and, after receiving them, it is wise to cleanse them (see above) of any negative energy that they may previously have absorbed. Use your intuition and you cannot go far wrong. If one day you feel a crystal no longer belongs in your home, it may be time to give it away. As you change you may find that you want different crystals around you, although many will stay with you happily for a long time.
Losing a crystal or a crystal breaking?
If you lose a crystal it is said that it no longer serves you, and you do not need to regret the lost because it has served its purpose with you. Also, if a crystal breaks, or even chips without physical damage to it, it means that the crystal has taken a hit for you based off of the needs the crystal met in your life.
Information provided by: http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/articles/introduction-guide-crystals
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The term “smudging” refers to almost any type of spiritual or energetic cleansing that uses the smoke. The word comes from the indigenous North American tradition of burning dried plant materials to spiritually purify an object, space or person. Smudging is also viewed as a blessing of sorts, giving the gift of purification to a person in need.
HERBS FOR CLEANSING
White sage is commonly used and can be found as “cleansing sticks” in most new-age supply stores. However, sage isn’t the only cleansing herb available. Braids of sweet grass, Palo Santo wood sticks, bundles of dried lavender and resins such as copal and frankincense can also be used. Different plants are believed to have different energetic correspondences, so it’s important to know the “energy” of a plant before using it to cleanse.
HOW TO CLEANSE
Choose your cleansing herbs thoughtfully
Place a cleansing stick or loose leaves in a fireproof vessel that’s safe to handle (We have abalone shells)
Light the herbs with a match or lighter (if using a cleansing stick, light the end), and blow out the flame to produce smoke
Take a deep breath and focus on your intentions, for example “I want my home to be peaceful,” or “I want to be cleansed of negative thoughts” or whatever intentions, chants, or prayers for you, your space, or object.
Use your hand or a feather to direct the smoke around the space, object or person being cleansed
When finished, make certain there is no remaining sparks, and place the fireproof vessel in a safe place
Cleansing is itself a spiritual ceremony that asks participants to be present in the moment, to allow a moment of communion between themselves and a higher power. Simply waving around a burning wand of sage and expecting the smoke to make things better is missing the point of this sacred act.
- Information provided by: http://www.mindfueldaily.com/livewell/smudging101#sthash.a3IuAfiq.dpuf
The people of Tibet around the Himalayan Mountains have practiced and perfected the art of sound therapy through the use of Singing Bowls and cymbals. Singing Bowls are indeed shaped in the form of a bowl, made from various metals such as bronze, crystals such as quartz. The bowls are traditionally hand crafted and sound can be described as similar to the strike of a gong or bell but distinctly different in its intensity and duration. Unlike bells or other percussion instruments, the bowl produces sound when the rim is rubbed in a circular manner with a mallet.
In ancient cultures, used the sound from these bowls to guide transcendental meditation and consciousness transformation. Although we know the uses and general location, no one knows the exact origin or can credit the discovery to one individual.
HOW DOES SOUND HEALING WORKS?
The vibrational sound, or resonance, produced by a singing bowl and cymbals are not only beautiful to listen to but have a physical benefit to the listener. The resonance can be an immune booster, stress reducer, pain reliever and lower blood pressure. Because every living beings, non-living beings, and even thoughts emit a vibration, the resonance from a Singing Bowl or cymbals can be used to influence our vibration.
Once considered an alternative therapy, a mystical school or just plain “kooky”, sound therapy has gained medical recognition in the modern world from renowned physicians, such as Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, director of medical oncology and integrative medicine at the Strang-Cornell Cancer Prevention Center in New York.
Dr. Gaynor found that when he introduced the resonance of Singing Bowls to his cancer patients as a regular regime, the patients were immune systems were stimulated and began to mimic healing. Dr. Gaynor concluded that just 20 minutes Sound Therapy was enough to produce healing effects of the biochemical makeup of the human body, such as Immunoglobulins and Interleukin.
- Information provided by: http://www.baguacenter.com/sound-healing-101-singing-bowls/
HOW TO PLAY YOUR SINGING BOWL:
Thank you for being apart of the Vibes Bracelet Movement. As this bracelet was handmade each crystal was perfectly placed just for you. Here are a few tips to take great care of your special piece as it takes care of you:
1: Always roll the bracelets on and off; do not pull on them for it will stretch it out.
2: Try your best not to get the bracelets too wet, water may ruin certain pieces.
Peace and Positivity,
Yoni is a Sanskrit word meaning "vagina", "womb" and "origin of life". It is the symbol of the Goddess (Shakti or Devi), the Hindu Divine Mother. This purification process of yoni steaming detoxifies, purifies and rejuvenates the vagina and womb. It is beautiful blend of 15 plants allies’ ideal for steaming the vagina and promoting healthy hormonal balance and increased circulation to the pelvis and womb region.
- Reduction of cramps, bloating, fatigue, and other menstrual discomfort
- Regulate menstrual cycle
- Reduce heavy bleeding, increase light bleeding & reduce clotting
- Correct absent menstruations
- Realign the organs, improving prolapse and incontinence
- Strengthen, tighten and tone the vaginal walls and organs
- Prevent chronic yeast and vaginal infections
- Treat hemorrhoids
- Reduce vaginal dryness
- Treat symptoms of menopause
- Treat post partum conditions
- Boost Low Libido
- Maintain Healthy odor
- Align & heal post birth
- Heal vaginal tearing & scarring from c-sections and episiotomies
- Release emotional pain, trauma & negative energy trapped in the Sacral and Root Chakras
- Detox entire body through womb
- Treat pelvic pains
- Increase fertility
- Prepare womb for conception, pregnancy & birth
- Release stored emotions and tap into the energy that is our creative potential.
This bouquet is crafted to be a 'one size fits all' blend for cleansing, toning, and nourishing.
Don’t Use When/If:
-When infection is present
- Have an Intrauterine Device (IUD)
*Stay very hydrated before, during, and after steaming to avoid dehydration.
In a large covered pot, pour 1 gallon.
Place your 1oz bag of herbs into the water.
Bring water to a soft boil for 10-15 minutes.
Turn of the heat, leave the lid on and steep for another 5 minutes with the lid on.
Pour your mixture into the bowl you have placed in your toilet or yoni stool.
Wave your hand 8-10 inches over the herbal water to make sure it is not too hot; do not sit until it is comfortable for you.
Remove you underwear, any piercings, and sit on the seat above the steaming water.
Drape a large blanket or sheet around your waist down to the floor making sure no steam escapes.
Make sure you keep yourself warm, keeping something on your feet (socks, slippers) and neck. You do not want any cold to get into your body while you are trying to warm it.
You should feel a warm, rolling heat for about 20-25 minutes.
11.When the steam dies down dump the water into the toilet, and relax after.
Peace and Positivity,
Yoni is a Sanskrit word meaning "vagina", "womb" and "origin of life". It is the symbol of the Goddess (Shakti or Devi), the Hindu Divine Mother. These Yoni Eggs and Balls, are known for kegel exercises, are specially designed for pelvic and vaginal health. Yoni eggs and balls are egg-shaped/sphere shaped crystal weights used to strengthen and tone a woman's pelvic floor muscles. Without the egg or ball, it is hard to be sure what muscles are being activated. With the Egg/ball inside, muscle identification is both instant and certain. Women are advised to practice their "Kegel" exercises daily.
Health Benefits include:
-Enhanced sexual pleasure
-Strengthened pelvic floor
-Increased natural lubrication
-Decreased urination needs
-Core/ abdominal muscle development
-Healing old trauma
-Awakening your awareness of your yoni and connecting with feminine Shakti power
Gently insert the egg or ball into your vagina, the wide end first. If you produce very little fluid you may need to use a little natural oil (coconut oil) on your gemstone to reduce friction. Begin with slow circular movements, rotating the gem until you find the right angle and then gently guide it into your feminine gat.
Squatting and gently pushing out as though you are having a bowel movement will also eject the gem. Alternatively you can always remove it manually by locating it with your fingers and gently guiding it out. Never over strain and do not be concerned. The Egg or ball will always come out due to their smooth yielding contour.
How to do Kegel exercises:
Find the muscles you use to stop urinating.
Squeeze these muscles for 3 seconds. Then relax for 3 seconds. Your stomach and thigh muscles should not tighten when you do this.
Add 1 second each week until you are able to squeeze for 10 seconds each time.
Repeat this exercise 10 to 15 times per session. Try to do this at least 3 times a day.
Don't do Kegels while you urinate. Doing them during urination can hurt your bladder.
Kegels work best when done on a regular schedule.
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