First off, who cares about how you should practice until you know why you should consider taking up meditation. I’m going to briefly go over the benefits that have been associated with meditation and then mention a number of different practices. This will give you an idea of the wealth of styles that are available. I’m only touching on a few of them. As for myself, I practice Advaita Meditation which is a Hindu mantra-based meditation, the mantra works as a focusing tool. I sprinkle in other types as well. I also enjoy meditating to sound baths and with crystals. Make it fun and you’ll want to meditate each and every day!
Oftentimes when the year is coming to an end, we start thinking about things that we would like to accomplish the following year. Many items fall under the self-improvement headline. Have you been struggling with meditation? Is it something you have wanted to practice in the past, but haven’t been able to handle on? Meditation is not one size fits all, one type of practice does not work for the masses. This does not mean that you cannot find or develop a style of meditation that works for you. Meditation should not feel like work, it’s not a punishment.
There are numerous mental and physical benefits that come from meditation. They have done a lot of studies on seasoned meditators, as well as monks. What are the mental benefits of a meditation? Meditation has numerous positive effects on one’s mental state. 1. Relieves stress 2. Generates Optimism 3. Builds Confidence 4. Reduces fears and anxiety 5. Alleviates depression 6. Reduces thoughts of self-doubt 7. Motivates
What are the physical benefits of a meditation practice? 1. Restores the digestive system to balanced function 2. Lowers Blood Pressure 3. Reduces headache and migraine pain 4. Relieves insomnia 5. Calms the nervous system 6. Eases muscle tens, fully immersed in the present moment.
Meditation is being mindful, fully immersed in the present moment. fully immersed in the present moment. It is not about shutting off thoughts, thinking is the nature of the mind. Most thoughts have to do with the past or future, rather than the present moment. Some present moment thoughts fall under the egoic realm, they are the judging mind at work. When one decides that something is good, bad, or neutral. Mindfulness requires complete awareness where one takes in all sights, sounds, scents, emotions, and sensations without judgement. It is an exploration of the present moment, where you just kick back and see what occurs.
Focusing on the breath is one tool used in meditation. It is something that helps keep one present. Breathing is something that you are presently doing. Simply watch as you inhale and exhale. Notice how it feels, sounds, tastes. Be aware as your emotions shift. Take care not to label the emotions with judgment tags, such as “that feels good”. When you find that you have drifted off into thinking land, notice and gently bring yourself back to the breath. The thoughts that interrupt our practice can teach us a lot about ourselves, so it’s not that bad. Think of meditation as taking the time to get to know yourself better. Little by little you will find yourself spending more time focusing on the breath and less time thinking. Eventually there will come times when you are not thinking, and you aren’t following your breath. You are just part of the awareness and it feels incredibly good. Then something pulls you out of it, for me it is always the ego coming in and recognizing how unbelievably good I feel.
I used to be of the opinion, that meditation was something which had to be practiced while the body was still and in silence. I didn’t believe that one could attain Samadhi (a higher state of consciousness) when surrounded by noise or in movement. I was much more rigid in my thinking, back then. These days, I figure whatever gets you meditating/mindful is what you should use as your style of meditation. Think about the kind of person you are and let that be your guide for developing a meditation practice. Are you an active person who needs movement? Do you like music? Are you a words person? Do you find that you are visual? Is yoga your thing?
For Busy/Active/Movement Oriented People: Dipa Ma, a teacher from India began practice when she was a busy mother at home. She chose to be mindful in everything that she did and allowed that to be her main practice. She had no other choice. When She had a few minutes for meditation, she meditated in silence. Dipa Ma taught that you should fully immerse yourself in everything you are doing by practicing mindfulness. So if you’re cooking, cook, and focus on the very act that you are performing at that moment. I sometime practice a form of Zazen Meditation where we sit for 33 minutes and do a walking meditation for 7 minutes. During the walking meditation one is conscious of every miniscule movement within the body.
Music and Word Types: Check out music and guided meditations. If going with music, I feel that instrumental music is best. Songs with lyrics tend to activate the thinking mind. Guided meditations orally guide one through a sitting. These two types widely vary in length and style. There is much to be found within various meditation apps and audio streaming services. Spotify, Insight Timer, and YouTube are some of my favorites
Visual People: Try meditating, while softly focusing on something. I sometimes practice visual meditations. One method is candle or full moon gazing where you sit gazing softly at a candle flame/full moon. You look for as long as possible and blink only when needed. Another method is to gaze at a piece of art. Be sure to keep the critical mind on the sideline. If it does pop in, don’t beat yourself up. Just go back to watching and being mindful of how your body feels and what emotions arise.
Yogis: Meditation is one of the 8 Limbs of yoga. It is the 7th and through it comes the 8th limb, Samadhi. Remember that delightful state I talked about reaching in meditation? That is Samadhi and with it comes good feelings and a beautiful oneness mindset. Samadhi is the reason why we meditate. The physical form of yoga is the 3rd Limb and it is meant to prepare the body for meditation. Yin Yoga has one hold poses for extended lengths of time. It goes well with silent meditation. Of course, one can practice any form of yoga with mindful awareness and allow that to be their practice.
If you can find a few minutes to set aside for meditation, great! Be realistic with you expectations. Set a timer so that you do not watch the clock (look up to see how much time is left). Believe me, it will be more time than you were hoping. You can even use an app. It’s okay to start out meditating for 5 minutes, or even less, if that is all you can manage. As it becomes easier for you then increase the time that you spend. At the end of every meditation thank yourself no matter how it went. If it went poorly, let it go. You will try again. If it went exceedingly well, let it go. You will fail in the future. So much has changed since the time of the Buddha. Buddha means enlightened one and since the time of the original Buddha many beings have become enlightened and have added to the bounty of knowledge which surrounds meditation practice. These days we have numerous schools and teachers to turn to. There are so many options available to us.
Did you know that Zodiac stones have their roots in the bible? The earliest zodiac stones mentioned come from the Breast Plate of Aaron. Aaron, a high priest, was the brother of Moses. Moses and Aaron led the Israelites out of Egypt. There were twelve stones in Aaron’s breastplate which were said to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. By the 1st century AD these twelve stones were also applied to the zodiac. During early Christianity, the zodiac was part of religion.
The most detailed description of Aarons breastplate comes from the Book of Exodus. The text is believed to have its roots in oral tradition and was written in stages between 400 and 600 BC. Aaron’s breastplate was considered a sacred object which helped him communicate with God. There was no exact science for identifying crystals, at the time it was written. The exact names of the stones have changed with each version of Exodus.
Early Christians commonly owned twelve stones, one for each month. It was a time when humanity was more connected to the earth and skies. They realized that the energies changed throughout the year and each zodiac stone was an amulet for that period. Wearing one’s own zodiac stone throughout the year did not come into practice until much later.
The zodiac is an imaginary belt of the sky that is elliptical. It is split into twelve divisions, one for each sign. The path of the sun, our moon, and major planets all make their way through this belt. In addition to having their own constellations, each zodiac sign has a ruling planet. We are made of the same material as the stars. The planets each orbit a star. Doesn’t it make sense that the stars and planets would hold some influence over us?
Wearing or carrying one or two of the current sign’s stones can have positive effects. This is something that I put in practice when I became a Crystal Healer, although it started accidentally. I intuitively grabbed a few stones to carry or pieces of crystal jewelry to wear, each day. I began to find that I was instinctively gravitating towards zodiac stones, without consciously thinking about it. I found that I was more in line with the vibrations around me. I saw positive benefits, everything seemed to be getting easier.
Zodiac stones are like natural prescriptions for the mind, body, and spirit. Some might enhance a particular strength; others could counter a weakness. They are all about allowing one to excel and stay in balance during that zodiac period. We sometime feel ourselves being invisibly pushed and pulled in various directions. Sometimes the energy is a good thing and other times it’s bit too much, this is where the crystals help.
Some stones are energetically aligned with the ruling planet of that sign and provide the metaphysical attributes of that planet. We are currently in Sagittarius which is ruled by the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. It colors the traits a Sagittarius is endowed with. Jupiter is an expansive energy which brings wisdom, intelligence, security, idealism, equilibrium, and sometimes wealth. One might choose to use a planetary crystal if they are looking to bring one or more of that planet’s characteristics into their life. Amethyst is a Jupiter crystal that helps one obtain wisdom. Red Jasper allows for security and balance.
Other zodiac crystals represent an elemental of the sign, such as air, earth, water, or fire, Elemental crystals bring forth the most positive aspects of a zodiac sign. Sagittarius is a fire sign. This element is all about creativity, vitality, and personal power. Corresponding stones for this element (continued) are Red Jasper, Snowflake Obsidian, Yellow Zircon and Clear Quartz. These stones each have their own unique way of bringing out the Sagittarian's ability to self-empower. Yellow Zircon is clearing and charging for all chakras. Red Jasper fills one with a healthy dose of vitality.
We also find balancing elemental stones which help tone down the negative side of a sign. For a Sagittarius these include water elemental crystals. Two of the Sagittarius zodiac stones are water elementals, Amethyst and Labradorite. Both of these stones allow a Sagittarius to relax so they can be more philosophical and open their intuitive thought.
I’ll list the current zodiac, elemental, and planetary stones in my newsletter each month. Every sign has a list of several stones. I always tell people to choose their favorites and use those. Some choose crystals by the gifts that they offer. Others merely go by what they are attracted to. Both methods work well for finding the right stones for you.
You might buy loose tumbled versions of the crystals and carry them in your bra or pocket. Protect the stone from damage by wrapping the crystal in cloth so it doesn’t get marred by banging into other objects. Loose tumbled stones are a much cheaper alternative to jewelry. You’ll also find that some crystals can be used for more than one sign. Garnet, for example, is a zodiac stone for three different signs.
Following are a list of zodiac stones. The first stone after each sign is from The Breast Plate of Aaron.
Capricorn: Ruby, Jet, Red Garnet, Amber, Black Onyx, Emerald, Amethyst, Rhodochrosite Aquarius: Garnet, Kunzite, Amazonite, Rainbow Fluorite, Bloodstone, Pumice, Mica, Turquoise Pisces: Amethyst, Black Opal, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Kyanite, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Blue Tourmaline, Topaz Aries: Ruby, Diamond, Pyrite, Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Carnelian, Imperial Topaz
Taurus: Lapis Lazuli, Emerald, Rhodonite, Pink Calcite, Peridot, Carnelian, Pink Tourmaline, Pyrite Gemini: Agate (with concentric bands), Clear Quartz (especially double-terminated), Citrine, Moonstone, Moss Agate, Pumice, Mica, Golden Tiger’s Eye
Cancer: Emerald, Moonstone, Selenite, Opal, Ruby, Aquamarine, Sunstone, Pearl Leo: Onyx, Sunstone, Peridot, Carnelian, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Turquoise, Clear Quartz, Garnet Virgo: Carnelian, Clear Quartz (especially egg shapes), Blue Sapphire, Emerald, Lapis Lazuli, Galena, Peridot, Citrine Libra: Peridot, Chrysoprase, White Precious Opal, Black Obsidian, Wulfenite, Lepidolite (especially the mica form), Aquamarine, Amber Scorpio: Aquamarine, Yellow Topaz, Amethyst, Chrysoprase, Malachite, Red Jasper, Unakite, Labradorite
Sagittarius: Yellow Topaz, Blue Sapphire, Snowflake Obsidian, Labradorite, Red Jasper, Clear Quartz, Sodalite, Amethyst
How do we stay upbeat and positive during a pandemic? Covid cases and deaths are on the rise again. Health experts tell us that we’re in for a tough winter. Most of us are suffering Pandemic fatigue, but there are things that we can do to give ourselves a more positive mindset. It’s time to add more pleasure to your home life. One thing I realized when we were all asked to self-quarentine last March, was that I wanted to set my apartment up exactly as I wanted it. I was going to be spending so much time there. I needed to be surrounded by things that I loved. This would have both an uplifting and empowering effect. I junked or gave away everything that didn’t speak to me anymore, that included art.
Art is an effective way to raise the vibration of a home. It tells a story and makes a statement. I sometimes use a piece of art as a focal point, for my meditation. I’ll just gaze at the piece in open acceptance and let the judging mind go. When purchasing art, I like to support local artists. Robert Castagna is a Boston area photographer that I’ve been following for a number of years. I’ve added a few of his photographs to my home. Robert’s photos have a way of drawing you in and making you witness. Some celebrate the beauty of the landscape or foreign lands while others record history in the making. You can see more of Robert’s work here. https://www.thenarrowroom.com/
At the beginning of this post is one of Castagna’s color images of Truro which is located on Cape Cod. The image truly captures the peacefulness of this Cape town. It gives a good a sense of his color photography which draws the viewer in, making them part of the scene. The brightness of the warm sun is instantly felt by this piece. I can't think of a better way to warm yourself on a cold day. It seems as if you could reach out and touch the grass that the shack sits upon.
At the bottom of this post is one of Robert’s black and white pieces. All of his black and whites are shot will film. This is one of the photos that I have a print of. It is a shot of the Mexican side of the Wall. I find it to be hauntingly beautiful. It has an interesting perspective and the boy who runs freely at the top, really adds to the scene. I wanted something that documented this atrocious time in our history. I also send the image loving energy each day, to help heal the situation.
I encourage you to take stock of what surrounds you. Get rid of the items that drag you down. Thin things out and clean it up. Invest in some quality art. You'll be thankful that you created a beautiful home. I found myself wondering why I hadn't done so sooner!
You know how you find fun things to do in your area when you have guests visiting? You want your friend/s to have a good time and see why you enjoy living where you do. You go and research things in your area that would satisfy their interests. Often, when the visit ends, you wonder why you never bothered going to these places before. You vow to make more of an effort to enjoy the fruits of your hometown, but it gets forgotten like an old resolution.
A long staying guest came to visit all of us this past winter, its name is Covid-19. I am not going to gripe about all the things the pandemic prevented me from doing. What I am going to do, is tell you about all the great places it got me to explore. Like most people, I was afraid to leave my home the first few weeks. When I did, I took short walks around my neighborhood. I have a pond that’s not too far from my home, Spy Pond in Arlington MA. I began walking there each day. After a while I decided I was going to get bored visiting the same place.
One day, my late father popped into my mind. I remembered, after moving to Massachusetts, dad would just drive the car off route to see where it led. He usually did this during inopportune times, like when I was late for work. “It’s a great way to learn your way around town”, he would say, after I complained that I was running late. When that memory came to mind, I decided to explore a new route and see where it led me. I wasn’t late for work, so what the heck. I came across a little park called Cooke’s Hollow. I had driven down that road many times, but this was just a speck of a park and easy to miss if you’re driving a car. It had a brook and little waterfall. The video above is of that waterfall. I was delighted to find it! Cooke’s Hollow inspired me to look for other areas to explore.
I had heard so many nice things about Menotomy Rocks Park so I decided to look up the exact location. I could not believe how close it was to my home. It’s a beautiful park that has a large pond, toys for the kids, and lots of trails. There are beautiful spaces that work well for picnics, yoga, or meditation. The park is vast with 35.5 acres of woodlands. It provides so much natural beauty to explore.
A photographer friend visited Ponyhenge (a playful version of Stonehenge) in Lincoln. After I saw his photos, I put Ponyhenge on my list. I’d seen Stonehenge, it was time for Ponyhenge. This is a delightful little spot. It will bring out your inner child (the happy child). There is a beautiful piece of conservation land right next to it which offers a nice spot to take a hike after visiting the toy horses. When I looked up Ponyhenge on the computer, my browser came up with all these different Henges that are up in the US. The search engine also included links to stone circles in the US and that led me on my next venture.
While looking at the stones circle links, I also saw Stone Huts in the North East. While in Ireland I visited some Beehive Huts and was excited to see that we have several Stone Huts and Beehive Huts in the New England. Some are within driving distance of my home. Their origin has been attributed to the Native Americans, as ceremonial buildings, by some and to early American colonists, as root cellars, by others. Some have even said they were built by Europeans who arrived before the Vikings. I believe they were built by an indigenous culture which is ancestral to the Native Americans. We do have writings from the settlers who first built on some of these lands. They speak of existing buildings which they referred to as "Indian forts".
I just began exploring these sites. It is my intention to visit all huts that are located on public property in New England, as long as they are easily accessible. There are a few stone huts on private property, as well. Thus far, I have visited two, one in Acton and the other in Upton. Both huts are underground although the entrances are easily visible from the outside. The Acton Stone Hut is L shaped. The Upton Beehive Hut is the largest most advanced (structure-wise), Beehive Hut in the US. It is about 8 feet in diameter with an 11 foot ceiling. There is a tunnel which lead into it. While Acton’s has no astronomical connection Upton’s Hut has a view of the Summer Solstice sun setting on the horizon from within the chamber. The Upton stone chamber aligns with the cairns on the hill, they point directly to the Pleiades constellation.
I work in the healing arts. I’m a Singing Bowl and Crystal Therapist. I’ve had some training in Shamanic Healing practices, such as Extractions and Integrations via Soul Retrieval. The Intuitive Readings I offer, partially come out of my training in Shamanism. My Singing Bowl Meditations have been influenced by Shamanic studies and Shamanic Journeys. My entire life has been deeply changed by what I have learned. The biggest lesson has been to listen to the signs that mother earth offers. She is constantly communicating with us, offering opportunities and answers.
Prior to the pandemic hitting I was planning a trip to Ecuador and Peru for the Autumn of 2020. I could cry about it, but I’m more of an optimist. I think everything happens for a reason. Perhaps things have worked out this way, partially so that I could discover all the great things that are in my own backyard. I’m looking forward to having the time to explore all the really cool places that are close to home.
Pictured left is a crystal grid to bring abundance. The center stone is a geode. I love using geodes when manifesting. Just write the intention out and place it in the center of the geode. and all the little cryst6al point within hit it with energy in order to bring it into fruition. The geode works as sort of a womb for creating. You can use a geode alone, I chose to utilize a small one as the center stone in a grid.
Let get back to the grid. Around the geode are six carnelian which help you fill the grid with all the positive emotions that are necessary in order for you to manifest abundance. Together with the Citrine, the Carnelian, fill you with a confident and abundance mindset. Six Citrine sit around the Carnelian. Citrine is considered the top abundance crystal. The outer circle of stones is Pyrite. Pyrite is another one of the abundance crystals. It helps a thought manifest from an idea onto the earth plane.
I'll be teaching a class this summer called, "Crystal Energies" through Newton Community Education in Newton MA. If you are someone who is interested in diving deeper into the crystal kingdom then this may be the class for you. In it we'll go over ways to use crystals for meditation, opening the intuition, relaxation, and healing. Crystals have the ability to empower, heal, relax, and so much more.
When a number of stones are used in combination for an intended purpose it enhances the overall affect This class will be offer in two parts. The first part will cover Crystal Grids which may be used for distance healing or to send energy to a space or group. The second part will go over Crystal Layouts which are like grids which a person lies underneath or within. Students will be supplied with Crystal Recipes to suit a number of needs. We'll also go over ways of designing your own grids and layouts.
Class begins on July 19th and finishes on July 23rd. It runs from 7-8:30 PM. The cost is $49 for the two classes.
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I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by Bob Nickman of "the Exploding Human". Bob wrote, "When ELIZABETH COLBURN-MORAITES discovered she had Multiple Sclerosis, it led her on a path of self-healing and discovery beginning with meditation. She later found the power and energy in crystals and became a healer and practitioner. She also talks to me about her solo trip to Turkey and Nepal to study sound bowl therapy -- a courageous endeavor in itself, which has opened new doors in her work with clients around the globe. A great conversation with a wonderfully kind, curious and delightful human being."
If you have any questions then feel free to ask.
I ended my year with the best thing I ever could have done for myself, I went after my dream. In early Novembers I headed to Istanbul for a few days, stayed in Nepal for 27 days, and then went back to Istanbul for a few days. During my trip I visited sacred sites, studied Himalayan Singing Bowl Therapy, went on a Yoga/Meditation Retreat, talked to the locals and fellow travelers, enjoyed the food, and took in the breathe taking views. I returned from my excursion feeling stronger than I ever have and so full of love, gratitude, and abundance. Someone asked me what my biggest take away was and I'd have to say that I am no longer afraid of going after what I want and need. I'm also much better about living in the present moment.
I decided I wanted to visit Asia when I first became serious about meditation and natural healing. What better country to visit than Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha? I practice and teach meditation. I also work as a vibrational healer with crystals and energy work. The idea of the chakra system comes from the East. Holistic forms of medicine are highly regarded in Nepal. I have a group of friends from Nepal and it was through them that I first became familiar with Singing Bowl Therapy. The singing bowls seemed like the perfect accompaniment to both meditation and crystals. I was enthralled by them and wanted to learn more.
The #1 thing that will keep you from living your dream is yourself. Get out of your own way with negative thoughts and baggage that drags your confidence down. The top thing that was holding me back was lack of abundance. I'm 55 years old and single and I never thought that I'd be able to get the money together to go to Asia. I knew that if I went to Nepal, I wanted to go for a month. Last spring I came to the realization that I had enough points on my credit card to cover the flight to Nepal. So I set the intention that I would manifest the trip for the late autumn of 2018. I met my intention halfway by making an extra effort to save and it seemed that the savings kept building.
What started out as a trip soon transformed into a sabbatical. As I was dreaming up all that I wanted to do while in the Nepal, I soon found that I was actually planning a Sabbatical. It started with the Singing Bowl class that I signed up for through the Kathmandu Center of Healing and grew from there. I also made plans to study yoga and meditation. Istanbul was added onto the trip to make the traveling easier. I had been there years earlier and had seen very little. I live at a spiritual center which is open to all religions and I made a point of lining up various sacred sites to see in Istanbul and Nepal. Lastly, I wanted to take in the healing energies of the Himalayas.
There were several things going against me to keep me from departing on this trip. The big thing that was making me consider staying at home was my health. I have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis and I've been taking this really great drug to slow the disease down for the past 13+ years. It finally started negatively affecting my immune system late last summer. I decided that I would take it through October and start a new disease modifier when I returned home. Then the skin irritations turned into ear infections and I was feeling like I should call it off because everything just seemed to be getting worse. Even the neurologists were suggesting that I stay at home. Intention setting came in again and I set the intention that all would be well while I was away. I figured if worse came to worse I'd stay in the hotel room or book an early flight home, but I was going. Everything went fine while I was gone. I used a walking stick for the entire trip because I will admit that walking is quite challenging in those parts, but I didn't have any immune issues except for a nasty cold.
I must admit that just before I left I felt rather frightened. It was my first solo trip and my first visit to a 3rd World Country. Yes I'd flown alone, but I'd always met people when I arrived at my destination. I didn't know anyone. A lot of what you read about traveling can scare you. I read from several, including travel bloggers, that you get lonely traveling alone. I never felt lonely, ever! Want to make friends when you travel? It's easy, just smile, be friendly, and a sense of humors is ALWAYS good. I also read a lot about the dangers of doing this and that and the other thing in the travel books I was reading. If you are constantly looking for danger then you'll be sure to find them. I always felt safe and taken care of, even at night when I was alone on the streets.
So many people told me I was brave for taking this trip. I wonder why it is brave to live your dream? Living my dream has only made it so that I am in the process of building new ones and appreciating all the little things along the way!
We all have the power to create/manifest new things in our lives. People often think of manifesting as a selfish act and beyond human ability. We are all here to share our gifts. Inviting new and wonderful things into our lives allows us to share our gifts more fully. In this article I am going to share what I have learned about the manifesting process through study and my own experience. It has worked for me quite successfully, I was able to create a Sabbatical in Istanbul and Nepal to study Himalayan Bowl Healing and Meditation while visiting sacred sites. This will further my work (my gift). I'll be heading off for a month this coming November.
My favorite crystal for manifesting is Citrine. It boosts confidence and fills one with an abundance mindset. Citrine is a Solar Plexus and Sacral Chakra stone which increases personal power. Manifestations don't just come to us. They also require a bit of work on our part. This crystal increases stamina, allowing one to do the necessary work to obtain goals. Any golden, green, or purple crystal works wonderfully for manifesting. These are all abundance colors.
Realize that daydreaming is not a child's game or waste of time. It should be an integral part of life. It is our dreams, what we think about constantly, that creates our reality. The greatest physicists, including Einstein and Tesla, saw that first we have thought and those thoughts then create form. Have good positive thoughts and you'll create a good and positive life. Negative thoughts bring the opposite so beware of what you focus on. Make daydreaming an integral part of your life.
We must rid egoic filters when manifesting. The ego gets in the way. Say out loud, "All thoughts, words, and actions are done with love." Say this a few times a day and more so, if necessary. Having negative thoughts and worrying about all of the bad things in life only brings about more of what you no longer desire. If you are trying to rid yourself of something then think of the opposite state. If I feel lonely, for example, then I can picture myself surrounded by loving friends and family. In this way, I am bringing in what I desire rather than focusing on what I don't want.
The Universe does not speak in words, it does see the images we are seeing, and feel our feelings. When we are constantly focused on what we don't want, the universe sees repeated images of this and assumes that we'd like more of it so it sends more in. If it is something you're trying to rid yourself or another of then dream up the positive end state which you would like to see. Try seeing a picture of exactly where you want to be. Don't try and move into the picture, but occupy it. Feel your love energy embracing this image and loving every aspect of it. We are all love at the root. When looking to create new, visualize every detail of what you are seeking. Make it the most positive image you can come up with. Dream up something so beautiful that you fall head over heels in love with it. You can't stop thinking of it. Manifesting should always be positive and done with lots of love and not an ounce of negative energy. Once you've seen every detail of what you are seeking it's time to feel the end state. You need to feel the emotions you'll feel once you've accomplished your dream. It's sort of like that little kid game of pretend. You emotionally convince yourself that you've reached the end point, you've accomplished your goal. Your acting out the part of, 'you in this ideal state.' You feel the high of the experience, the love which comes with it, and the sense that you are properly aligned with your Life Path. Practice this visualization several times a day.
The final step is silent meditation for at least 5 minutes, it ties it all together energetically. This period of silence allows the universe to do its work in accordance with your vibration. It will start to bring the changes that you seek. Focus on your incoming and outgoing breath. If you'd like, you can use a mantra. Ohm is a wonderful Mantra to use. It is said to be the original sound made after the world was created and so I find it to be a very good mantra for manifesting. You simply repeat it to yourself silently. Don't worry about thoughts, the thinking mind likes to think. When thoughts come in, simply go back to the breath and the mantra. After your meditation is complete become aware of what thoughts arose during the practice. Are any relevant to your desire?
There are gifts which each of us have been given and they are meant to be shared. We were all put on this earth to be of service. We take ourselves to another level through the creative process. It is this process that empowers us and allows us to truly be of service. Watch for synchronicities (meaningful coincidences) which tell you the universe is bringing you your desire. Action is also called for, on your part. When you are feeling drawn to act or a synchronicity guides you a certain way, then do it. Manifesting is a process which also needs action. When we act, we're re-enforcing our desire.
Are you looking to self heal, create the life you'll love, and be empowered? Embarking on a Journey with crystals may be the answer. Crystals are healing for both the mind and body. They also connect us with our higher selves, allowing us to create the lives we'd LOVE to live. The crystal kingdom reveals the gifts that lie within each one of us and are waiting to be awakened. At the monthly Crystal Journeys you'll be guided through several meditations which are designed to unlock the crystal's wisdom. Journaling breaks allow time for you to record the experiences and insight you've received.
Journeying with a crystals is great way to learn how to work effortlessly and abundantly with the crystal kingdom. If you've always been curious about how you go about healing at home or empowering oneself with a crystal then a guided journey is a great place to start. It will familiarize you with ways for grounding and meditating with crystals for healing, manifesting, and raising your vibration. I offer Crystal Journeys in the Boston area, at the Boston branch of the Theosophical Society in Arlington Center. Space is limited to only 11 participants. The cost for a two hour journey is just $45. The next journey is Sunday, July 15th. There is also one on Sunday, August 12th and I am looking into Autumn dates. Tickets can be purchased right through Eventbrite.com just look up Crystal Journey.
Each month is a little different, but the Crystal Journeys all follow the same basic schedule. The stones you work with will vary from time to time. Each has it's own gifts to offer and those gifts change depending upon your energy field at the time. Planetary energies are constantly changing and they have affects on each one of us. Some nights are better for releasing what has been deterring us from our objectives. Other occasions might be better for healing specific areas of our lives. I give the low down on what is surrounding us before we begin our Journey work to better guide you during the evening. Following is the schedule for for a typical evening.
• First a Selenite Wand Sweep clears the energy that no longer serves you.
• Then a guided grounding meditation re-establishes your connection to the earth.
• Setting a personal intention for the night & a goal for the week lets the crystals know what you are looking to achieve.
• A crystal is chosen for you to work with that night, dependent on your aura.
• Elizabeth guides you through meditations to help you connect with the crystal and unlock it’s gifts.
• Journaling breaks allow you to record the wisdom and healing insights that you gain.
• Liz provides you with energy work to further infuse the crystal energy into your field.
• Finally, you’ll blind draw a crystal for a mini month ahead reading from Elizabeth.
If you aren't in the area, but would like to Journey with crystals then I encourage you to do so on your own. You can follow the schedule that I use or create one of your own. Choose a grounding stone and listen to a grounding meditation of your choosing on Youtube. Set an intention for the night and the weeks ahead. Intentions lets the stones know what we're looking to achieve. With the intentions in mind, choose a crystal from your collection. Meditate with it. See what the crystal has to offer you for healing. Where do you feel it in the body? What insight does it have, do you see pictures or hear words? What area of your life is it here to help you with? Don't forget to journal the insight you gain.