So, what do you think regarding crystals... as living beings?
Are our beloved crystals alive and conscious... just like we are?
Crystals as Living Beings Resources
Many ancient teachings and cultures, especially those of aboriginal tribes teach that crystals are alive.
I feel quite strongly that the Earth, the Sun, Milky Way Galaxy, even our entire Multiverse is also alive and I'm not alone in that belief …many academics and scientists are on board with this notion.
Did you know that the core of our very planet is a single humongous iron crystal… presenting itself in all its Sacred Geometric glory as a dodecahedron??!
More links to explore on this topic:
Life’s Working Definition: Does It Work?
Harvard Essay Abstract: Defining `Life’
Physicists Create Crystals That Are Nearly Alive
It’s (Almost) Alive! Scientists Create a Near-Living Crystal
Video: Is the Universe Alive?
My Classic Blog Post: Are Crystals Alive?
If you’d like to approach these sorts of crystal topics from BOTH a scientific yet metaphysical perspective with ME teaching you in my Certified Crystal Healer Course, then get on my Interest List here. We’ll be opening registration for my Live Coaching Round and the last term of 2019 very soon.
As always... if you’d like to debate if crystals can be or are alive OR have something to add, you know I’d love to see your comments below.
Last week a few viral articles made their round online on the topic of the ethics of collecting crystals: ARE ‘ETHICAL’ HEALING CRYSTALS THE ‘NEW BLOOD DIAMONDS’? and Do You Know Where Your Healing Crystals Come From?
This week I'm going to discuss my take on this whole situation.
Resources My Blog Posts Related to the Ethics of Crystal Collecting
Old blog post I wrote in 2012 (quoted in some of the recent viral articles): Is Crystal Collecting Ethical?
And then in 2016: Lapis Lazuli | The New Blood Diamond?
Other Articles Citing Mineral Mining Problems
Corrupt Jade Trade in Myanmar
Illegal mining of lapis lazuli fuels Taliban's rise in Afghan province
Although I do agree that there are mining issues that exist, the main point I'm trying to drive home here today is this:
Usually, mineral specimens are collected as a by-product to ore mining where mines have been dug to get at coal, copper, aluminum, gold, etc. for other items our society seems to have no problem with.
[caption id="attachment_27960" width="749"] Lavender Pit Copper Mine in Bisbee, AZ Photo Credit: StellarD [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)][/caption]
Check Yourself: Are you a Crystal Hoarder?
However, after saying all of that I do think that it's extremely important that we don’t over-collect. I've written several blog posts on being careful not to crystal hoard:
9 Signs You May be a Crystal Hoarder
What To Do if you think You May Be a Crystal Hoarder
Options to Collect Consciously
Trade: in the spirit of collecting crystals responsibly, we’re starting something new for students in my Certified Crystal Healer Course. We’re encouraging conscious crystal collecting; a way to rehome crystals not being used or we have too many of. Recycle them and save some money at the same time. See if you can create a group to trade within.
Mine your own: This is more fun than you can imagine!
Purchase directly from a small hand miner
Purchase from estate sales or large established mineral collections: gem shows are a great way to accomplish this
Conflict Mineral Info
The latest report I could find that ranked electronics companies was here.
Apple's Conflict Minerals Report
Inform others about Conflict Minerals. Email your tech companies and tell them what you think. Ask questions when purchasing!!! The more potential customers who ask these questions, the more the tech companies will move to make change happen.
Reading this right now maybe you felt a pang of misplaced guilt when you read the title, thinking to yourself...
"is my Crystal Collection is unethical? Am I doing something wrong?”
but now you know what we really should be shining the light on and the problems would get corrected if people knew! I’m going to ask you to help to set the record straight and please pledge to get this info out there by sharing or linking to this blog in 3 places or with 3 people. It will help exponentially. Let's make the right info go viral and not the wrong. You came here for a reason and you've been given a mission. What you do with this info now is up to you.
That is... books that are twenty years old or older. Well, see... I already have a classic blog post here listing my crystal healing book recommendations. (Wow, I wrote that blog post back in 2012.) And that list still stands for me.
But, today... I have some oldy-but-goodies that are hidden little gems that I'd really like to share with you. Keep in mind, this list is, of course, my opinion and you may disagree.
DISCLAIMER: Many of these books are out of print and may be hard to find thereby coming with some ridiculous price tag. Please don't get mad at me if they do. I've been collecting these books for a long time from when they weren't so hard to get.
If you're patient
and put them on your Amazon wishlist
look for them on eBay
check out old book stores
some more tips listed here
or even Abe's books or one of the books stores mentioned here... just chill out about when they'll show up, add in some persistence and a grateful attitude... you'll begin to notice that slowly but surely they'll start appearing for you.
Amazing how that works.
Top 7 Vintage Crystal Books That I Love
Crystal Enlightenment: The Transforming Properties of Crystals and Healing Stones (Crystal Trilogy, Vol. 1) by Katrina Raphaell
Crystal Healing, Vol. 2: The Therapeutic Application of Crystals and Stones by Katrina Raphaell
The Crystalline Transmission: A Synthesis of Light (The Crystal Trilogy Vol. 3) by Katrina Raphaell
Clearing Crystal Consciousness by Christa Faye Burka
Spiritual Value of Gem Stones by Wally and Jenny Richardson and Lenora Huett
Color and Crystals: A Journey Through the Chakras by Joy Gardner
Gems Elixirs and Vibrational Healing Volume 1 by Gurudas
Gems Elixirs and Vibrational Healing Volume 2 by Gurudas (good add on to Volume 1 but not a must)
Please let me know in the comments below if you think there are other books that you think should be on this list. Keep in mind that vintage means the book should be at least 20 years old. And... Click here for SUMMER SOLSTICE BUNDLE.
One stone that's always on the top of my list is Black Tourmaline. By the way... if you want to check out my Top 10 Must-Have Crystal List, head over here.
So, today I'm giving you the lo-down on all things Black Tourmaline.
Black Tourmaline Properties
The large pieces pictured above, are really good quality pieces of black tourmaline, for instance: Chunky, hefty, smooth.
Of course, you don't have to have this kind of quality (which is very difficult to find anymore). The lower quality type emobodies the SAME energy.
Just so you know, many black tourmaline mines have been closed. Specifically, a large mine in China, where my high-quality specimens came out of. So, the A-grade is no longer readily available. And if you do find it, it's going to have a price tag to reflect its rarity!
The common type that you’re seeing out there these days is more spindly; more splintery and friable (in the same way of some kyanite is, if you're familiar with that raw stone), meaning they’re more brittle, but... they work just as effectively!
Often times, this stone will be accompanied by quartz and mica just like the above specimen.
Black Tourmaline is a workhorse for your energy field, and one of my top 10 must have crystals.
It's a primo crystal tool for:
Neutralizing negative energy
Lowering risks from EMF exposure
I love this stone for transmuting energy, so if energy has a specific charge to it and it has a negative feel to it, black tourmaline is my go-to transmuter.
It’s excellent for bringing that energy back to neutral. For that reason, it’s always in front of me between me and my laptop. I’m transmuting that electromagnetic radiation coming off of the laptop. I’ve tested other crystals and things, and when I tested black tourmaline, I get good results.
It’s not the best thing. It’s not going to completely mitigate that energy, but it’s one thing I can do to help mitigate it.
Neutralizing a Space
I also like it for transmuting negative energy that people might bring into a space. For example, when I used to work in a classroom, which I left in 2012… I used to be a science teacher for those of you that don’t know: some people would come into the room and they were just a sheer joy, and some people would come into the room and they’d suck the energy out of the space. Talk about energy vampires. There weren’t too many of those thankfully, but black tourmaline was wonderful for helping to mitigate that.
I had them conspicuously placed throughout my classroom. Heck, I could get away with putting any rock in my room that I wanted to. I taught geology as part of my curriculum, so I could put anything I wanted and no one would question a thing.
You can also make black tourmaline mojo kits and you can make room sprays with black tourmaline and all kinds of great stuff.
For the same purpose of transmuting energy in your space, Himalayan Salt is a great option and an entirely different approach to cleansing your space. Here's another blog for you: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps.
I don’t like using silicates on my desk for the purpose of shielding from computer EMF, etc.
So, I hear people say, “Oh, put a piece of fluorite, put a piece of selenite, put a piece of citrine in front of your laptop.” Those crystals are silicates... and silicates amplify that energy. We use silicon chips in our electronics to make them work better, so I don’t want to amplify that energy. Anyway, let me get off my soapbox I go into that a lot more in my Certified Crystal Healer Course.
What I DO like to use for this purpose is a chunk of BT! (black tourmaline)
I also have a blog post here going into detail on crystals I like to use to help lower EMF exposure.
The surface of our planet is covered in free electrons, which are very attracted to us (water + minerals)...if we allow them to be.
Problem is, we’re usually well insulated from these free electrons with our rubber soled shoes and carpeted or tiled floors so there’s very little if any direct contact happening and we’re depriving ourselves from Mother Earth’s balancing restorative energies. In other words, we're disconnected.
This stone (BT) is ideal for helping us to connect and ground to Mother Earth.
Ancient peoples were (are) very aware of all of this and knew to monitor the cycles and to stay closely connected to the planet. Being closely in-tune allows us to regulate many bodily functions and feel plugged in. GROUNDED… dissipating any excess energy to the ground.
Our body’s various vibration frequency can move our body out of our dominant oscillary rate very easily when we experience stress, which we are constantly doing, especially since we are not regularly connecting with Mother Earth to re-balance.
Vibrational healing (like crystal healing) oscillates and naturally entrains our body back to its base resonant frequency.
I highly recommend staying grounded as much as possible and, yes, we can use crystals to help us to do that:
Black tourmaline is my go-to stone for this. In fact, it's part of what I call my Sacred Grounding Trio: black tourmaline, smokey quartz, and hematite.
Do lots of Earthing (check out that book on Amazon!) Earthing is amazing! Get barefoot and go outside which is the ultimate in grounding. Your feet are meant to connect with Mother Earth! That’s why animals are so well grounded and in-tune. They’re always barefoot! But, I know... getting barefoot isn't practical for all people and situations so here's another blog I wrote: Grounding Tips for Balance in a High Flying World.
Plus I've got more grounding info and tips for you, including a recipe for a Grounding Gem Elixir Oil in my blog; How to Ground using Crystals
Black Tourmaline Geology
While there are many different varieties of Tourmaline (I talk about Watermelon Tourmaline over here), you've probably noticed we are focusing on black tourmaline for this blog. ;)
Some of the main geological properties include:
Mohs Hardness of seven to seven-and-a-half
Also known as Schorl, a complex aluminum borosilicate
While the mine I mentioned the mine in China has closed, BT is also found in Mexico, Africa, United States, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Russia
Black Tourmaline has two critical physics properties:
Both which mean that, essentially, it can polarize and transduce electricity and energy. It’s one of the reasons why I find it to be such a powerful and effective stone to work with.
Black Tourmaline is associated with the Root Chakra and the Earth Star Chakra.
The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine and is associated with all things foundational including your sense of safety and security. It's all about the fundamental things we need for survival. The Earth Star Charka, while not technically not one of the seven main chakras, it's known as a “transpersonal chakra"... located about six inches below your feet.
I hope you've enjoyed this spotlight on Black Tourmaline! What do you think about this workhorse mineral? Share with me in the comments below.
Topic: FTC Crack Down | Fake Crystal Sellers Now at Risk
In this blog post, I’ve included the show notes for today’s show or the most recent show, including the links and resources I reference in the video.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a legal expert and this is not legal advice. All information provided in this post and video is for entertainment purposes only.
In today’s show, we’re talking about those selling known crystal fakes or misrepresentations being at risk of legal action with the FTC. We're discussing stuff like:
crystal sellers possibly running the risk of legal action
popular crystals that are a straight up scam
examples of dodgy or deceitful selling practices
What the FTC is cracking down on
BTW, the above image is of Rainbow Cal-Silica, one fo the crystal-fakes I've written about before.
Just wondering… have you ever looked at a crystal and thought, “Is this the real deal or is this just a fake?” Want my guidance on becoming more Crystal Savvy? Then come take a look at my Crystal Savvy: Crystal + Mineral Identification Class Elective.
Federal Trade Commission document referenced in the show.
My blog post on How to Tell the Difference | Merlinite, Mystic Merlinite & Blizzard Stone
Recent video and blog post on Real Citrine vs. Fake Citrine | How to Tell the Difference
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Topic: UPDATED: Real Citrine vs. Fake Citrine | How to Tell the Difference
In today's show we're digging into exactly how to tell the difference between real citrine and the baked variety so:
you're well-geo-educated on working with this powerful crystal
will know confidentially what's in your collection
you'll have checklists on how to spot a fake
you can make well-informed purchases
...is it still Citrine-Energy?
Enter your information for my free pdf: Tips for Spotting Fake Citrine
In this blog post, I've included the show notes for today’s show or the most recent show, including the links and resources I reference in the video.
In my last show (Part 1 in my Citrine series), we discussed Citrine Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings so you can learn how to effectively work with this popular and powerful crystal. If you need some citrine background, go ahead and start there.
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In the above photo, you can see some of what I was referring to in the show this week; you can see the variations of citrine color always with a yellow hue with the left one a very smokey yellow. All crystals shown here are Congo citrine with the exception of the Top Right, which happens to be a natural citrine from Brazil. You can see these crystals have lots of clarity, great quartz crystal formation, and no white base.
Here we have amethyst that's been baked to appear as what's commonly sold as "citrine". You can see that characteristic orange color and tell-tale white base that looks like a root that's been plucked out of a geode formation... that's because that's exactly how these usually grow, as part of a larger geode or druse. The Top Left "citrine" is a druse formation with smaller crystals.
Above you can see how Crystal Family member Shayla baked her amethyst into citrine. Here she's showing us her light colored amethyst before and after baking. Thank you, Shayla, for putting the teachings to the test and sharing your photos.
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Today we're going to talk to you about citrine healing properties, correspondences and meanings so you can learn how to efficiently and effectively work with this popular and powerful crystal.
Plus I've got this instant download for you of my Solar Plexus Citrine Smoothie Recipe that you can whip up anytime. You can sign up & download your copy below.
Question of the Day:
Is citrine part of your personal crystal collection?
Just type in Yes or No in the comments at the bottom of this page. I'm curious how many of us have citrine. I know rose quartz is always a definite YES if you love crystals. Usually amethyst is a definite YES, but I'm wondering how popular citrine is with all of you.
I believe that amethyst is number one. I've checked my sources on this and amethyst is the number one collector's crystal, and after that it's a toss-up between rose quartz, (because see rose quartz is popular with the metaphysical crystal collectors, but with the rock hounds not so much because rose quartz doesn't grow in that nice crystal formation) and citrine.
Citrine is the one just behind amethyst as most popular quartz gem or crystal collection gem.
Why do we want citrine in our collection?
What's the reason for that?
Besides being gorgeous, it's wonderful for bringing about positive, joyful, good vibes and all around good energy.
If you're feeling a tinge of depression or effective seasonal disorder from winter, those of us in the northern hemisphere might be dealing with that right now, citrine is great for inviting in a sunny disposition.
It's also great for boosting your confidence and your self-worth.
This crystal resonates very much with your solar plexus chakra. It brings it into balance and alignment
Citrine is also known as the ultimate manifestation stone, as well as the merchant stone because it's, no other stone can surpass its energy for bringing in that prosperity type of vibe.
If you need to do better in business or you're looking to attract just general prosperity and abundance, whether it be in the number of friends or abundance in your wallet...citrine.
If you're looking to do a crystal grid to increase your revenue or beef up your paycheck, or perhaps you're looking for a new job or a new career, or you might be looking to sell a house or rent a house, anything to do with finances and prosperity citrine is your go-to stone.
Let's look at a bit of geology and identification because that's my strong suit, something different that I bring to the table because I'm a former science teacher and science department head, so I know this stuff inside and out.
That's why I have the Crystal Savvy elective, that's why I can help steer you clear of the Crystal Fakes.
Citrine has a Mohs hardness of seven for those of you who know what that means (we get into that in-depth in Crystal Savvy).
It's a silicon dioxide crystal, which means it's quartz, silicon dioxide.
There are many different quartzes including amethyst, rose quartz, citrine, smoky quartz. These are all different types of quartz, so it is indeed a type of quartz. That's why it has that characteristic six-sided hexagonal shape to it and grows in a point.
There are six different crystal systems, and citrine is part of the trigonal crystal system which is a sub-system of the hexagonal crystal system.
It has a gold hue, which comes from the iron that is in the citrine. So that's what gives it a slightly different vibrational frequency than other types of quartz.
Mother Earth naturally creates citrine. Now, not all citrine is natural. Let's be mindful of that, and we're going to get more into that in part two of this citrine series.
Mother Earth creates natural citrine within her womb, below ground in what I call a geothermal heat source within the mantle. That's below the crustal layer of the planet.
We've got a geothermal, gourmet, geo-kitchen happening down there and it heats the crystal, so we get either amethyst or smoky quartz, both again, are silicon dioxide, they're both quartz, same as citrine, but with that bit of iron inclusion happening there, when the amethyst or smoky quartz is naturally heated within the earth it can turn into citrine.
Additionally, citrine can vary in color from very, very yellow like the cut and polished one from Brazil (the giant beauty pictured above). There are lots of rainbows in that one.
Color can vary from very yellow to a yellow/brownish. Then some others are yellow/brownish, or an orange or iced tea color.
I show you a bunch of examples in the video, and you might watch and say: "Hey, I know citrine to look like this."
Well, Mother Earth doesn't make citrine like this. I'm not gonna call it fake, but it's man-altered, it's baked. This is what we call is the dark orange-brown madeira citrine or a reddish brown. We'll talk in-depth on that in part two.
Then there's another type; your darkest, almost smoky citrine. What makes it different from smoky quartz is you can see golden yellow. When you take it out in the sunlight if there is a golden yellow hue to it at all, it's citrine. Smoky quartz does not have a golden yellow hue.
Citrine is naturally found in the USA, Spain and can be found in Russia, France, Scotland, Africa, the island of Madagascar and Brazil. They're all slightly different and have different characteristics depending on where they are come from.
Solar Plexus Chakra
As I mentioned, citrine works very well with the solar plexus chakra. For self-esteem, confidence boosting and bringing about that positive attitude. I pulled this card today from my Mermaid deck. Positive Energy.
Surround yourself with positive people and situations and avoid negativity. Citrine helps with that so that was really apropos that I pulled that card today.
It's great for:
bringing about strong will power, if you need a boost with that
any matters physically dealing with the stomach or digestive system, that's all solar plexus stuff, and citrine is great for working on that.
Different Types of Citrine
Ametrine has a little bit of citrine in the amethyst. It's a mixture of amethyst and citrine together in one stone, and some have clear quartz, citrine, and amethyst (like the one I show you in the video).
It's partly purple and partially that yellow/orange in the citrine and the color zones are very sharply divided. Ametrine is the stone you want to work with for mental clarity and decision making, clear decision making. This is your go-to for that.
You might be familiar with cactus quartz. It primarily grows and is more widely available as amethyst. It's gorgeous. Sometimes cactus quartz, also known as spirit quartz, can come in citrine. This is much rarer.
So here's a citrine cactus quartz, spirit quartz. It's a form of quartz, but again it's usually amethyst and more rarely citrine, or it can be a combination of the two. Sometimes you see both citrine and amethyst on one crystal.
Cactus quartz contains a large crystal with little baby crystals growing over the larger one in a layer of spikey little smaller crystals, hence, why they call it cactus quartz. It's found in South Africa, and it's so beautiful, brilliant and gorgeous.
Next is lemon quartz. Sometimes people call pineapple when it has little spikes on it, but the lemon quartz has this bright yellow hue to it. A lot of times it's faked. But there are natural, authentic lemon quartz and it's a naturally colored (that's the key), very light, bright yellow citrine. It lacks that brown, orange or reddish hue in that orange tint. It's very light and bright.
Really it's all in the eye of the beholder, guys. You can have two geologists standing next to each other. One will say yep, that's lemon, that's lemon citrine and some other one will say no, no, no, it's not.
In part two I'll be talking all about the fake citrine or about that madeira, the baked variety out there and how to tell the difference between a real deal citrine and the fake ones. We'll dive deep into that in in part two.
Solar Plexus Power Juice
I'm going to give you the ingredients, but this is not like baking, it's more like cooking. You just kinda throw it in to your liking. It's not an exact science, not rocket science on this.
But, if you want the exact recipe, the exact amounts and all that stuff, you can get my free download of the actual recipe pdf.
When you do this, you don't have to have a juicer, a NutriBullet, a Magic bullet type blender will work, or something like that. All these ingredients are pure solar plexus stuff guys and organic whenever possible.
You're going to want to put in one peeled carrot. A cup of orange juice. Fresh ginger, grated up, that's to taste. Some people like a lot of ginger and like it real spicy and some people just want a little touch. Or you can leave it out if you want, but I do recommend having it in there.
Grind up some fresh turmeric, a squeeze of lemon, just a squeeze, ice cubes and then the key here is citrine gem elixir.
Now, you might be like whoa, what in the world is that? Easy, easy. Just grab a cup, a coffee mug, a glass, whatever. Plop a citrine in there; a tumbled stone. Not rough. Make sure you wash it first, so it's clean. Put it gently in with a glass of water. Pop it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, guess what? You've got citrine gem elixir.
How easy is that?
No need to get all glamorous about it and all ritualistic about it. You can and I show you how to do that in my course, but you don't need to. So you put it in there with ice cubes, blend it up, and there you go. Solar Plexus Power Up Juice Smoothie.
If you don't want it to be like smoothie consistency leave the ice cubes out and just blend it. This will give you so much good high vibe energy, just what we're looking for from citrine and it tastes amazing.
Try it! Some people don't like the taste of carrot and orange juice together. I was cracking up because my friend, Leonie Dawson, posted something where she was drinking carrot and orange juice. She was like, what in the world is this?
But for me, with the health food stuff, I can pretty much do it all and I think it's great. Maybe it's an acquired taste, I don't know, but try it out.
I think the energy trade-off that you get from it and the energy, the vibes you get from the citrine gem elixir is more than worth it. I think it tastes beautiful.
To wrap this up, here's a little disclaimer I want to give you. Are these meanings reliable? I've given you citrine, crystal meanings, correspondences, properties, but are they reliable? This is a new disclaimer I've been giving recently. Those that have been with me a little while you know, you're like, ah, here we go. :)
This information that I'm giving you today on citrine relies mostly on the common crystal correspondences that have been relied on for hundreds of years, many of them going back to ancient times and I've also researched them out and of course, tested them out, experimented with them and have found them to be consistent for myself, my clients, as well as for thousands of students and graduates of my Certified Crystal Healer Course. I've found that the known crystal properties ring true for about 80% of us.
So, that's most of us, but that's not everybody. You might be someone who says: "Citrine does not give me this kind of energy at all, it's totally different for me". Or, it might be the type of citrine you're working with. Are you working with a natural Congo citrine or are you working with a baked citrine?
Plus recently, the energy on our planet in regards to the work we do with crystals has shifted, so, for those of you out there, don't feel bad if you're one of those that do not resonate with citrine's usual correspondences and the ones that I'm talking about here today.
It could be due to these energy shifts, or again, you could have a baked citrine on your hands. I used to think baked citrine worked just fine. I have a different take on that and we'll talk about that in part two, but yes, something has shifted with the energy there and both with us, it hasn't just shifted with the crystals, shifted with the planet, with us and the crystals especially with this crystal, citrine.
If you want to know more about this I went into it deep in a blog post right here.
Post in the comments below if you have a piece of citrine (or several!) in your collection. Also, tell me do these correspondences ring true for you or have you had a different experience?
Today we're talking about three tips for shaking off crystal critics and boosting your confidence.
Question of the day:
Do you feel that you are crystal confident?
As in, I got this, I can talk to anybody about this. Just say yes or no in the comments below.
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Three Tips for Shaking off Crystal Critics
So let's go ahead and start talking about my three tips here today.
1. Defending your Passion for Crystal Healing
Do you ever feel like sometimes you need to defend your passion for crystals and just your general interest in crystal healing powers against people who try to belittle it or when there's a lot of skeptics around?
Perhaps you've all seen this by now, but there was a recent comedy skit that came out and it went viral on Facebook with the metaphysical online community and beyond.
The skit made me think about this topic again. It's about a woman who walks into a crystal shop and she's talking to the crystal shop owner. And the shop owner's displaying all the stereotypical behaviors and catchphrases and quirks and the person who comes in is like, "Oh my God, this is wacko."
I think it's hysterical.
However, if you're sensitive about that sort of thing or might take offense to it, then it might not be your cup of tea. But I think it was quite a laugh. Because we need to be able to laugh at ourselves, right? I mean this person was way over the top with the metaphysical stuff and you know very judgey of the person who came in.
Humor yes, but also Fuel for the Fire?
But you know this sort of comedy can also really feed the skeptics. If you're a hardcore skeptic you might see this and say "That's what I'm talking about right there. That's what you're into, you wacko."
That adds more fuel to their fire. It kind of gives us that are into crystal healing a bad rap overall as a group, especially if you don't know how to see the humor in it. And it can be hard if you don't know how to defend why you love crystals along with how and why they work so well for many of us.
Because that's why we're all attracted to them because we know inherently that they do work.
When you're able to defend it against people who belittle, or make fun of it, you're better able to laugh at that, and you feel more confident about the whole thing in general.
So maybe it's chicken or the egg kind of thing or maybe that's why I can laugh at it. Then there are many people who do not care what others think at all, and that is wonderful, that's it, doesn't affect them, at all. I love that.
However many of us are affected by what others think of us. I've got a very good reason why that is, it's actually hardwired into our brains. It's an instinctual thing. I'll explain more in a bit on that.
The bottom line is that we fear others aren't going to take us seriously.
Are you Hearing this?
That's a big fear and there's a good reason for that fear. Whether you have this fear or not, you may be hearing things like:
What is all this crap?
How much money did you spend on all these rocks?
None of this stuff works, when are you going to learn?
Why are you so gullible?
Wow much have you spent on all these rocks?
Does that sound familiar?
Or do you have new ones that you've recently heard that you'd like to share in the comments below (I like to hear this stuff from you so share with me!)
Does it make you question your crystal fascination?
Does it kind of shake your crystal confidence?
And if it does, I totally get it, because, I've been there, I've heard it all.
I've told this story before, but I'm going to tell it here because it makes sense with this whole topic:
One time I went to the doctor's office and the doc was using the stethoscope and probing around and checking, looking for my heartbeat and I forgot to take the rocks out of my bra. I'd have rocks in my bra, I know I'm not alone. And I forgot to take them out.
She had a complete and total poker face while I told her that "Oh, those are my crystal companions for the day's energies that I wanted to infuse into my electromagnetic field." And she was just, mm hm, you know, went on to the next thing.
Did I sense negative judgment or was that only my perception? I don't know but it triggered my ancient reptile brain.
So let's take a quick detour. This picture shows the limbic system in your brain. It's called the reptile brain. So this picture shows your whole brain, obviously, and the base part of your brain, is the ancient reptile brain, and we call it that because this limbic system, (just under the cerebrum), is the extent of what a lizard has for brain function.
Lizards, snakes, the reptile brain, if you've ever had a reptile or worked with reptiles, I did quite a bit, they're very simple, emotionless beings. And the reptile brain is called that because their brain is in charge of just six things. We call them the six Fs. Fight, flight, food or feeding, fear, freezing up, and fornication. You thought I was gonna say something else, didn't you? ;)
So these are the basic things, it's really root chakra stuff right, basic things. But the limbic system is much more powerful than we give it credit for. Yeah it's basic stuff but it's supremely powerful because it goes the furthest back. It's the part of our brain that has the most ancestral lineage going all the way back.
Back to the story with the doctor, that was uncomfy for me at the time, (yeah, even for me), my reptile brain was alive and well. And I'm not saying it's eradicated all together now, but alive and well back then and I even find it difficult today to explain why I don't like to talk on a cell phone.
Resistance and Negative Energy
If someone asks me, "Exactly why don't you like talking on the cell phone, don't like to use it so much, or have it around you all the time", I will get into all the nitty-gritty and the science and all of it. But if no one's asking, I don't want to come off as preachy.
Now, if you asked about it, or you're reading my blog that means you're hear for it, you asked for it, you're gonna get it. So it's so much easier to discuss our crystal passions with someone who obviously is receptive and wants to learn about it.
But when they're not receptive to it, or you have a feeling that they're not receptive to it, how you explain yourself in those situations is not exactly our idea of a good time... because again, it's hardwired into us, it's usually met with resistance or a tinge of ridicule and that's perceived as negative energy by our reptile brain.
Realize it or not, we instinctively try to avoid those situations at all costs.
So it's not weird and you're not considered, like "oh my gosh, you're so not awake." if you're thinking, you have no confidence around this stuff.
Tip number one is to ignore your reptile brain.
Something really unconscious like certain scents can activate certain parts of your brain and spark an intense emotion. And our conscious mind isn't aware and doesn't process right away why that is. That's our reptile brain taking over when that happens.
We have a primal-fear response to anything that's perceived as disapproval. Our ancient reptilian is hardwired in auto response to avoid any negative judgment being made on us. We want to avoid getting kicked out of the tribe so to speak. Being shunned by the clan, that's basic root chakra stuff coming up.
Yes, we can learn to move past this and rise above it but it takes consistent work.
As a side note, I've found that once we get past the hardwired fear and ancient auto response we can show the courage to just be who we are and defend our stance. The real me is often welcomed with open arms by people you would never expect to welcome it.
So my advice is just own it.
Understand and realize it's reptile-brain stuff and just own it.
Once people know it's safe to talk to you about crystals you'll be surprised how many people come out of the woo-woo closet themselves. I had lots of experience with this while I was still a science teacher working in the public school system.
For those of you that don't know, I used to be a science department chair for 13 years. I have lots of experience with that.
Perhaps you think that people in the academic community would be very closed off to this sort of thing but when it's last-resort time, many would come to me to ask what crystal work they could do to remedy their issue.
2. Find a Solid Community
This is important. Now some of you are loners and maybe you're like, "I don't need no community." and that's fine. But even for us loners, of which I am one, once in a while it's nice to have that solid community along with you, along for the ride.
We all want to feel like we belong to the tribe, right? We just discussed that, so that no one feels vulnerable and like nobody's on their side.
Being in a group of other like-minded people who are also nuts for the crystals can be so empowering and supportive because they've all going through the same stuff as you and you get to pool resources and information and join forces with them and collaborate on stuff.
We need each other because being part of a community also gives us confidence and strength in our beliefs.
This may also mean that you may need to spend less time or remove yourself completely from hanging out with people who are holding you back and won't accept who you are.
Besides the truly infinite and immeasurable value of having a community is the fact that you get that built-in motivation, built-in inspiration, and accountability partners when you need them. Without that support system in place you're going it alone.
It's hard to go it alone even if you are a seasoned loner, 100% alone. Just to let you know, in my Certified Crystal Healer Course, in addition to your peers and the alumni, you also get reliable mentors I've put in place to coach you through. And that's absent when you go it alone.
Not to mention you can build fabulous, amazing new friendships that spring up from a community like that. It certainly doesn't have to be my course's group, there are many out there. On Facebook alone there are face-to-face live groups you can join.
Join a Group
Be mindful. Don't go out and join a bunch of different of groups at once. This will spread you too thin and you won't be able to get the most out of any of the groups. Try to find a group, either in person or online, that has these three things going for them.
Here's what to look for:
You want mentors who are supportive.
You also want members who are supportive, I'm sure you know how to figure out if they're supportive or not. The group should offer motivation and inspiration.
The group holds positive vibes. They take this seriously with an active moderator. Zero tolerance for gossip or negativity.
As I said, it can be an in-person group that meets regularly or a virtual online one. You can even make one up on your own, but there's lot of them out there already. Finding a group like this does wonders for allowing you to be you; encouraging you to grow to your full potential.
Additionally it builds crystal confidence; working with your crystals and knowing you have this like-minded, high vibe tribe, who has your back.
Of course, we make sure that my group has all that and more in spades.
3. Back it up with Science
I have a healthy amount of confidence discussing crystal healing. I know that's because I can explain the science behind how and why the crystals work.
And it's not just for me, I've heard this again and again from our over 1,600 graduates now. That this is where their confidence comes from.
Still, science isn't always the end-all, be-all. Science doesn't prove everything or anything but that's another topic of debate we can get into. :) Despite what some might think there always remains some uncertainty. Science never, 100%, proves anything.
So no, not everything should need a scientific explanation. Nor does everything have one, there's so many things that don't have scientific explanations and yet they exist. Crystal healing is one of them.
But like it or not, in today's world, in our society, science is king. Scientific explanations hold mega value.
Being able to explain something scientifically pulls a lot of weight, that's why people love to get some science in with their metaphysics. I know, I know, this is exactly why my Certified Crystal Healer Course became so popular right away because there were no other courses doing that and so many people came in and it was like,
"Oh my gosh, science with the crystal healing, this is exactly what I need!"
Because again, being a former science teacher and science department head, I can provide that in spades.
Science is the backbone of my course.
When it comes to explaining crystal healing to others, especially if they're skeptics, I think we just throw some science at it, and that usually get them to sit up and listen. It opens the door for a skeptic with respect, a respectful door.
I can help you with tips number two and three. Plus I've seen number one, which is ignore your reptile brain, come naturally, as a result of providing the science and solid community to my students in my course.
Not to say that you can't achieve those things on your own without taking my course, you most certainly can. Put your mind to it, put your energy into it, and put your energy towards that goal and you're going to manifest it.
But if you do want my help, and you want me to help you along on this path as your teacher, registration for my course is open to the public now.
If you're thinking about it, get in now, because tuition is going to be increasing, because we have to do it, by $500 for our fall term. So if you're thinking about waiting for it down the line, now is your time and registration's only open for a short time.
If you're not on the waitlist and you'd like to get on right now go to hibiscusmoonjoin.com.
I want to wrap this up by giving you two of my favorite quotes to think on all this stuff.
And this is a quote by Arthur Schopenhauer. He's a German philosopher and he said:
All truth passes through three stages: One, first, it's ridiculed. Two, second, it's violently opposed. Three, third is accepted as being self-evident.
And isn't that true? Isn't that how all new truths come to be?
One more brilliant quote from my favorite physicist, Nassim Haramein, he said:
We are still in our infancy of exploring and discovering our local environment.
There are people alive today who when they were young were told the universe was many, many times smaller than they're being told today.
Perhaps this progression will only accelerate when we prove the universe we are in, is only one of an infinite number of other universes in the holo-fractile graphic multiverse.
He's so deep, I love that guy.
I find getting defensive and negative (as we tend to do because of our reptile brain), gets us nowhere. So let's forget that reaction. Same with clamming up from lack of confidence. It actually feeds the skeptics.
If we want people to hear us, the music needs to be pleasing, right? Otherwise they're going to slam the door and leave. But I also really secretly love it when you can just smack them skeptics around with some science. I absolutely love it. It's just a little thing that naturally happens, it's kind of funny, but done respectfully always, so let's keep it like that.
Now, tell me in the comments how can you action one of these three tips TODAY?
We were absolutely blown away by the number and depth of entries this year. Thank you for sharing your powerful stories and putting your hearts into this!
We've been doing this scholarship giveaway since the summer of 2012 and I'm so happy to share that this year we have four winners. ❤
This was a difficult decision, narrowing it down to four. Every single entry was magnificent. Team HM and I are blessed and honored that you allowed us into your lives, to witness your vulnerability and to hear your story. We hope you'll all continue to aim high and shoot for the stars!
Certified Crystal Healer Course Scholarship Winners!
Based on our rules and criteria, here are our fabulous winning scholarship recipients in no particular order:
Moving Forward For all who've entered but were not selected, please consider doing these 3 things (my goal is to strive to help others in many ways and be someone who enables others to help themselves):
1. Please join our Crystal Community and me in congratulating our winners. Our collective support, love, encouragement and good vibes will greatly assist them in making their big dreams a reality (while also reflecting back to you & assisting you in creating the same for yourself…law of attraction in action!) ♥
2. Feel and KNOW down to your core that you are an amazing being and that you possess all the gifts, talents and abilities to live out all of your dreams …this was just the tip of the iceberg of a mega message-transmission to the Universe. Don’t stop here, don’t stop now. Keep on Truckin'! If you can dream it, then you can rock it!
3. Now, go watch or look at your entry again. Re-absorb some of that fantastic brillance and dazzle that you’re made of. Listen/read all of the amazing things you said you’d do and bring forth if you won. Don't let those dreams die. They deserve to breathe, live, be fed & be deeply cherished. They’re your precious babies. Ask yourself what’s stopping you from doing all of those things right now? Don’t let anything get in your way of making your crystal healing dreams a reality.
If you truly feel in your heart that this course is part of your path, then make it happen. If this is not possible for you right now, then choose to do what you CAN do – keep tuning into to my blog here and my Newsletter, working with your crystals, reading crystal books and eat glitter for breakfast … because you deserve it!
***If you ARE a winner, please email us here as soon as possible so you can start settling into our private Crystal Cave, grab your Welcome Email, your first assignments and getting your school supplies ready for class 1 beginning on March 4th! ♥ We’ll make sure you’re fully taken care of well before the course begins. :)
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and participation. I’m so grateful for you!
Namaste and much love to you all,
P.S. Because we're getting many questions about it, for more info on registration for my Certified Crystal Healer Course, head over here.
If you have any questions about our 2019 registration, please don't hesitate to email us here.
The time has come! I'm incredibly excited to kick off our Certified Crystal Healer Course 2019 with our annual Scholarship Contest Giveaway! This is one of my most favorite things to do all year!! YES!
This year, we're offering four seats for our next course term which begins on March 4, 2019.
Every year since 2011 we have given away full scholarship seats, and we are so thrilled to be offering this opportunity again this year to those who cannot afford the course tuition.
Now tell me ... Are you ready to go for your BIG DREAM?
Win a Certified Crystal Healer Course Scholarship
Let's get ready to give 2019 a supercharged kick in the butt! Here's what you need to do to throw your hat in the ring.
Get on the Waitlist (there's no obligation you're just allowing me to send you info about the course)
Create a short video
Leave a comment below
Easy, right? Keep reading for all the details. Step 1: Get on the Waitlist
No, this doesn't obligate you to buy a seat. But it will allow me to send you some info about the course (and there's some pretty amazing perks to being there). If you're positive you're already on that list, you're good to go here.
[thrive_leads id='22349'] Step 2: Create a Short Video
Create a video no more than 1 minute in length that is posted on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. If you're an over achiever and want to grab some brownie points, post it on all 3! This doesn't have to be professionally edited - many of our winners simply talk from the heart while they hold their phone.
The video cannot be longer than 1 minute (seriously not 1 second longer. In fact, before you submit your entry, double check the time because sometimes on upload an extra second gets added in there somehow... and that will disqualify you)
Tell us the #1 reason you want to become a Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer. What are your dreams and intentions when you win one of the scholarship seats? Don't be afraid to shoot for the stars here ... we know the possibilities are endless, so get creative and shine your beautiful light.
Upload your video to the platform of your choosing, but make sure you follow the specifics below:
Make sure the video is listed as public
Copy and paste this (verbatim) as your title: 2019 Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer Scholarship video by [YOUR NAME]
Include this in the video description: http://www.CrystalHealerCourse.com - Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healing Course - The Science and Fun behind Crystal Healing
Make sure your post privacy is set to public
Include this in your post: 2019 Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer Scholarship video by [YOUR NAME] | http://www.CrystalHealerCourse.com - Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healing Course- The Science and Fun Behind Crystal Healing
Be sure you are following @hibiscusmoon
Make sure that your Instagram account is public
Include this in your post: 2019 #HibiscusMoon Certified Crystal Healer Scholarship video by [YOUR NAME]
Include these hashtags: #HibiscusMoon #HibiscusMoonCCH #HMCA #CrystalHealing #scholarship
Step 3: Leave a Comment
In order for your entry to count, you must leave a comment below on this blog post with a direct link to your video(s) AND the email that you used to subscribe to the waitlist. Missing this step means we won't see your video or may not be able to confirm you're on the list!
If you've uploaded a video to multiple social media platforms, you only need one comment with a link to each of them. Entry Rules
You must be at least 18 years of age.
The deadline to enter is 11:59 pm EST, Feb 6, 2019.
We'll announce the winner here on my blog on Feb 8th so make sure you head back to the blog to see if you're a winner!
Team HM and I are the judges, and our decision will be final. Our decision is subjective and based on originality, creativity, imagination, commitment, heart, soul and inspiration. Be sure to tell us why you should win!
Please know that if you don’t follow ALL the rules mentioned above or if you email us to see if we received your entry it will be disqualified. We get way too many of those & it just makes the whole process too nutty for us. We also want to have fun doing this and keep the love flowing. ❤️
This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. No purchase is necessary
**Please be sure you have read and are absolutely crystal-clear about the rules because if you don't follow the instructions to the letter, in order to be fair, you will be disqualified and we don't want that. ***
Spread the word about the Scholarship giveaway on Instagram and Facebook and you'll earn yourself some bonus points.
You can share up to 3 times per day per platform
Use any wording that you'd like (samples are below!)
You must use the following link in each share to be counted: http://bit.ly/hmcascholarship19
You must use the following hashtags in each share to be counted: #HibiscusMoonCCH #Giveaway #Scholarship
Here are some sample posts to get you started:
I want a free seat in Hibiscus Moon’s Certified Crystal Healer Course! http://bit.ly/hmcascholarship19 #HibiscusMoonCCH #Giveaway #Scholarship
Good luck to all, but this Crystal Healer scholarship seat has MY NAME on it! http://bit.ly/hmcascholarship19 #HibiscusMoonCCH #Giveaway #Scholarship
If I win a scholarship in the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy, ice cream is on me! http://bit.ly/hmcascholarship19 #HibiscusMoonCCH #Giveaway #Scholarship
I’m diving into the Crystal Cave with Hibiscus Moon this Spring! http://bit.ly/hmcascholarship19 #HibiscusMoonCCH #Giveaway #Scholarship
What makes a winning combo for a Crystal Healer Scholarship?
Originality. Commitment. Creativity + Imagination. Soul-inspiring. Social Media sharing + following the rules precisely.
This may push you outside of your comfort zone, but this is just the 1st very important step towards committing to your dreams and desires. This is telling the Universe YOU ARE READY!