Sage Bundle in Abalone
When we smudge, we are looking for the smoke, not the flame.
Remember to give thanks to the bountiful earth for giving us the gift of sage.
Use a candle, match or lighter to ignite your bundle of Sage. I use a t-lite candle; it’s easier to get it lit. Hold the stem-end or chunky-end of the bundle in your hand. At an angle, put your sage into the flame. Move the sage around the flame to really get it lit. Allow to burn for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and then blow out the flame on the sage (if you have one.) Take a fire proof bowl, plate or shell and hold it under the sage. I start at the front door. (Trust yourself to start where you need to.) Open the door and in a clockwise fashion (left, up and around) circle around the door frame, then move in a clockwise fashion around your entire space. (I will do this pretty quickly, but I give a little extra love over mirrors and reflective surfaces.) If the sage goes out, just relight it. You should end at the place you started. If it’s the front door, I open it and say, “Any and all things that are not here for my higher good or the higher good of all those dwelling here must leave now.” Shut the door, put out your sage, that’s it. How often should you burn it? – When you feel you need it. Trust yourself. (Always use caution when working with Fire. Make sure your sage is out. I will tamp it out in sand until it goes out. I always leave it in a fireproof container, my abalone shell, and keep it away from any drapes or fabric.)
How often should you use sage? When you feel you need it. At home I can go months without it. At the Z (the Store) I smudge weekly and sometimes daily. (Gems and crystals can attract and hold a lot of energy.) I smudge when I feel the energy is blocked or negative. All of us have been with a friend and after we left their presence we felt like we got “Slimed.” That would be a good reason to bring out the sage and say a little prayer for them as well.
I get asked how to clean gemstones and crystals all of the time. And the answer is always with love and good intentions. In many cases this can be enough. If you wish, do more. Then it depends on the gemstone. I clean all my stones on selenite. (Selenite is a form of gypsum.) It can be used for all stones. I leave them on selenite to charge and they are always ready to go. Also, the moon is a lovely way to cleanse your crystals and your jewelry. You just let them bask in the light of a full moon and they are ready to go the next morning. Selenite and the Moon are the two methods that can be used for all crystals. Many gems love a good rinse in water with sea salt. This can work beautifully for the quartz family (Amethyst, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Smokey Quartz, etc…) Other stones, especially copper based stones (Malachite, Azurite which tend to be green do not like to be washed. Selenite is an evaporate, so it grows in water. Leave it in water and it will disintegrate. (I use a paintbrush to dust it off.) Smudging with sage, palo santo or incense can work. So you kind of see where I am going with this. It all depends on the crystal. These little beings have their own personalities and the different needs to go along with them. If you are unsure what kind of crystal you have you can take a photo and e mail it to me. If you know what the crystal is, check online for the best method of cleansing or just ask me at the store.
Image in Crystal Ball
I have a Crystal Ball. I admit I am a fan of all the Woo Woo Stuff. I like crystal gazing, which is also known as crystallism, crystallomancy and more names than I want to remember. It is a form of divination or scrying. Gazing into a crystal ball can lead to seeing visions of the past or future. You may have information download that you need to access for yourself or others. I like to tell people to start gazing at a reflective surface while watching T.V. or doing something else. Every once in a while gaze at the surface and jot down anything you see or remember. This is a simple method to start gazing and see if you like it or have a proclivity towards it. For me, everything falls away and I see things. Sometimes they have meaning and sometimes I have no clue what it’s about, but I always enjoy it. It’s a form of meditation for me. The picture of the crystal ball above popped up when I was trying for a photo like the one below. I was mesmerized by what came up in the photo. Both images look like the crystal balls have little universes residing inside them.
Business been bad, want a new job or just want the workplace to feel better? – Put a citrine crystal in your desk, cash register or at the computer where you are writing your resume. Citrine is my go-to stone for any type of business. It is like a Golden Ray of Sunshine coming down and lighting as well as warming every item it touches. Think problem solving, new beginnings, business relationships. This stone brightens even the darkest corner. Because it never needs cleansing, it is always there doing its work. It helps you focus on the job or duty at hand so you feel energized rather than exhausted. Citrine really does make the connection that you need money to buy goods that are necessary for survival and that is O.K. you not only can, you will.
So it’s the end of the work day, and you are staring at the clock watching the seconds tick by, but you still have a few things to get done and after work you have to stop at the store, get gas, deal with pets, spouses and children etc…, just reach for peppermint when you need a little jolt of energy. It can be peppermint candy, peppermint tea and my favorite – peppermint essential oil. Just inhaling peppermint targets certain areas in the brain that say, “Wake up and take notice.” I like to keep a little plastic bag with a peppermint oil saturated cotton ball inside it. I will open it and take a big whiff. It gives me about an hour to two where I can get things done. It’s better than coffee! So stock up on peppermint tea bags, peppermint candies & peppermint essential oil that can be left in an office drawer or a purse or pocket. It’s a “Mintalicious,” healthy way to go, go, go!
If you want cleaner air in your office or home, one plant tops my list. That plant is a “Peace Lily” or Spathiphyllum. This plant can be found at any Florist or Home Improvement Store like Lowes or Home Depot. This shade loving plant cleans the air of benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene & ammonia. I can’t even pronounce some of the stuff it filters out of the air. Many of these chemicals are found when new desks, paint, carpet, etc… outgas. Even old furniture can give off chemicals for years. If you are constantly sick, have headaches at work or sinus problems get this plant. It works beautifully at home as well. One plant can filter 100 square feet of space or a 10’ X 10’ space. It can have pretty white flowers, but most of mine don’t flower often. This plant likes moist soil and thrives with very low light, making it perfect for the office and darker rooms with artificial light.
Check out the original study by NASA.
Chinese New Year is one Feb 19, 2015. 2015 is the Year of the Goat, Ram or Sheep!
This Cure is good for home and business.
Chinese New Year Salt Cure
- Fill up a glass jar; with table or rock salt to about 1/4 to 1/2 full.
- Place six coins on top of the salt in a circle. Make sure the coins are Yang side up; this is the side with the four Chinese characters. (If using American Coins put the heads side up.) Don’t worry if the coins sink into the salt as you pour the water.
- Fill the jar to the top with tap water. It would be a good idea to place a plate or waterproof surface under the jar to protect furniture or flooring.
- The jar will form crystals over time; this shows that it is working to absorb the negative energy.
- Make sure the water is always topped off.
- Do not cover the top of the glass container.
- The salt water cure should not be placed in a cupboard or hidden in something.
- Try not to touch or move the jar too much as it stores a lot of negative energy.
Remember to place a sizeable plate or mat under the jar / bowl of the salt solution to protect the table that it is on, because in time, the solution will absorb the negative energy and will crystallize around the top of the jar. If the energy is severe, it might spread all around the surface of the furniture. You may wipe around the surface of the table, but do not touch the rim of the jar / bowl at all.
At the end of Chinese New Year Feb. 8, 2016 you should throw your old coins, glass and water/salt away. Because they store so much negative energy it is best to place the whole glass into an old Tupperware type container and seal the top and throw straight into the bin. If you do not have a container, pour the water in the gutter and place the salt and glass container in a sealed trash bin, outside the home, immediately after draining the water out.
Start again on Chinese New Year Feb. 8, 2016, Year of the Monkey, with a new salt cure.
May this year be filled with joy, prosperity and good health for you and yours!
All my love,
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (Food Grade) We carry it at the store or you can purchase it at most markets.
1/2 tsp. Essential Oil (Try Lavender for soothing or peppermint for a foot lotion or use your own personal favorite) Use more essential oil if you want a stronger fragrance. We carry essential oils & fragrance oils at the store, but they can be found many places.
Melt the coconut oil in the sun, on the stove or in the microwave (just until melted.) Add your essential oil and stir. That’s it. You have a fresh, food grade lotion to put on you skin, which happens to be the largest organ of your body. Store it in a clean, airtight jar.
Mom in Big Bear
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
—Henry David Thoreau.
What does wealth mean to you? Possessions? Cars? Money? Affluence: A great amount of something? I consider myself extremely wealthy. I have incredible parents, wonderful siblings and solid, amazing friends. I have an abundance of fantastic people in my life that leave me feeling blessed and wealthy.
If you define wealth by money…count me out. I would like you to think of wealth in new and different ways that I believe will give you a greater appreciation for the life you have, as you work for the life you want. Let’s celebrate what we have…right now in this moment.
Dad’s 85th Birthday
Angels Are Everywhere
I know you may feel no one cares or is thinking of you, but every night I say a prayer for every single soul on this planet. If you wish me to include your name or the name of a loved one please just e mail me the name you wish me to include. You are not alone. Ever. Somewhere on this planet someone is praying, meditating or chanting for you. How blessed that makes us all.