Last week I wrote about gathering energy emphasizing some ways spiritual energy grows. You’ve all felt this in your “favorite” spots, clothes, people. Right? There’s a reason you are attracted/attached to those favorites. Your energy resonates with that place, person, or thing. There’s a reason we use the term “magnetic” when referring to some personalities we are drawn to. Magnets attract, right?
One of my favorite books, The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield uses synchronicity as a clue that you’re on to something, because “everything happens for a reason”. As for myself, I believe it may have been this book that introduced me to the power of three. Three is a sacred number. Trinities appear in many of the world’s religions and cultures: Father, Son, Holy Spirit; Mother, Maiden, Crone; Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. If something comes to me three times—be it an idea, a song verse, a contact, etc.—I sit up and take notice. The Universe is trying to tell me something. In the book I remember the author suggesting that if you have two roads to travel, take the one that glows with an energy you’re attracted to. What lights you up? Go there.
Another favorite book of mine is The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The Law of Attraction would go so far as to say our thoughts are things and they create so make them good ones. Because “energy goes where attention goes”. And “what you focus on expands”. “What you resist persists”. I could go on but I think you get the idea.
The bottom line is this: Your life is a reflection of what you believe. Or as Wayne Dyer says in his best-selling book, You’ll see it when you believe it.
Energy appears to you in forms you will accept. For example, I believe Quan Yin, Tara, Athena, White Buffalo Woman, Lakshmi, and yes Isis, among others, all embody the “Divine Mother”—the loving, nurturing, magical healing energy. I believe they are different representations of the same energy and embody different forms so they’ll appear in the correct form for you to accept. We are only open to that which we believe in—yes? So why wouldn’t “Divine Mother” energy embody many forms for all the world to appreciate?
Do you believe in energy therapy? Do you believe there’s a reason we rub an injury after bumping an object? We have energy centers in the palms of our hands. Do you believe that there’s a reason we rub our forehead points when stressed? These are reflexology points that help you relax. How about when we cross our hands over our chest and rock when we are very stressed? The points below the collar bone covered by crossed over hands are also important meridian points for stress and anxiety (among many other things!) and rocking is soothing to our nervous system. Our body innately knows what it needs.
How about Reiki? Do you believe in this mode of healing energy? I don’t believe Reiki (or any type of energy therapy) will be as effective if you don’t believe in it. How could it be? Why would energy be attracted to you if your energy (and yes, we’re all scientifically proven to be energetic beings) is repelling it? Henry Ford was famous for saying “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” Again, we’re only open to that which we believe in. If you can’t accept it, you won’t receive it. Body, mind, and spirit are intimately connected. There’s a reason Jesus is quoted as saying “your faith has healed you.” Placebos work because of our belief in them and as Wayne Dyer used to say “If it’s placebo, I’ll take two.” Do you believe that your beliefs/thoughts have energy?
I judge by experience. When my husband fell off the roof a couple of years ago and broke the talus bone in his left foot and his right big toe, I began sharing Reiki with him regularly sometimes several times throughout the day. Prior to his accident, I wasn’t sharing Reiki with him regularly—just here and there with no consistency. As a result, my practice was limited.
There’s something about sending your energy to someone you love that amplifies the effect. I learned the hard way that I need to set the intention not to drain my own energy. Reiki uses Universal life energy, but if you don’t set the intention right, you’ll drain your own. I gladly gave my husband all I had at the time.
He would sometimes jump as he felt what he referred to as electrical charges when I held my hands over and around his healing talus bone and toe. I’ve always believed in visualization. So I’d visualize him dancing the polka with me (we both are very Polish) and running up and down the stairs.
As he healed and as time passed, the “electrical charge sensation” that made him jump were less and less; but he can still feel the energy flowing out of my hands. I still share Reiki with him each morning as he shaves as our schedules permit. I sit on the floor, surrounding his foot with crystals to magnify the energy, and wear various crystal Malas adding yet more crystal energy. (Don’t even get me started on whether you believe in crystal energy! Crystals are in watches, computers, and even your mobile phone. That acronmym “LCD”? It stands for “liquid crystal display.) I trace the “Cho Ku Rei” symbol on the palms of my hands with a small selenite wand and proceed.
My “go-to” meditation prayer, the Hail Mary, dominates my Reiki sessions. I’ve noticed that reciting this prayer helps the energy build. One of my yoga students, with whom I shared Reiki during a final relaxation, can actually see energy. She shared with me that my Reiki energy appeared to her as “Mary energy”. This was such a huge gift to hear! I hadn’t shared with her that I recited Hail Mary’s much of the time while sharing Reiki. A Reiki session just after I’ve meditated using this prayer has more energy at the get-go. Remember energy builds.
My husband and I have come to treasure our morning Reiki ritual. I open each session with a silent Pope John Paull II prayer (calling on our Polish ancestry) and end it with saying the St. Francis Prayer out loud—a mutual favorite of ours. As I finish reciting the prayer, my husband touches my head as a sign of endearment. Remember, I’m sitting on the floor as he stands to shave. Once he started doing that final touch, I asked him to please do it every time because it has a sense of sealing the energy of the moment.
Our mornings aren’t complete when we aren’t able to complete this morning ritual. It means something to us. It’s part of our connection—our energetic connection, if you will. Spiritual energy builds and grows stronger when you work on it. It’s all energy and it’s all good.
I’ve written about my Mom (in-law) before. There’s the story of her hearing Dad sing to her each day after he passed until her death 12 years later. There’s the story of my sharing with her the mala beads that I pray Hail Mary’s with. She expressed no judgement of my choice of beads—she prayed the rosary daily, and I mean daily, sometimes twice a day. She commented at the time “it helps, doesn’t it?” I mentioned in a previous blog that she’s the only person I know of that wore her rosary out. She asked me to fix her rosary once because it had disintegrated from use. I often refer to her as one of two people in my life that I have considered a living saint.
So suffice to say that I believe there’s a whole lot of good energy built up within her rosary. Dad’s as well. I remember one time approaching their bedroom as they were about to retire for the evening so I could give them their evening good night kisses and hugs. I literally gasped when I saw Dad on his knees thinking he was hurt before I realized a split second later that he was kneeling by his bedside to say his nighttime prayers. I was constantly humbled by the two who raised my husband into the treasure that I now enjoy going on 34 years—37 if you count how long I’ve known him.
Recently there was a request for advice in a private yoga therapy Facebook group I belong to from someone who’d been asked to hold sacred space for her dying friend. There were many heartfelt contributions, including the one from a kind soul that shared: “Be ready to be present with what your friend “sees” as the end approaches. Regardless of belief systems, many will see dead relatives, or an opening in the room, or feel as though there is a trip to go on. Your friend may point (if non-communicative) or just give really strange looks, because no one has told them of this very normal part of dying. Affirm your friend, create the space for your friend to experience ALL of the emotions that go along with the end of death. Often the health care professionals also don’t “warn” people of this part.“
This touched me so deeply that I shared the passage with my husband and paused to insert his mom’s story right after the mention of “a trip”. The hospice worker who was there the day before mom passed, came after she passed to pick up equipment, etc. She shared that when she last visited the day before, mom had briefly woken up from her sleep looking all bright and cheery and announced “I’m going to heaven today” and then promptly fell asleep again. Our final visit with mom was very emotionally blurred so I didn’t remember my husband was not in the room when the hospice worker shared that story. Tears welled up in my husband’s eyes when I recounted the story (two years after she has passed). It was oh so poignant for him to hear. The look on his face was priceless. It was a sacred moment for both of us. I sent a note off to the author saying how grateful I was that her note prompted me to retell this story to my husband.
I use this box from mom containing both her and Dad’s rosaries daily when I do Reiki over my husband’s still healing foot from his fall last year (15 feet). I know like I know like I know his parents are present helping it to heal. And if you ever doubt that loved ones stay present in your lives after they’ve passed, ponder the story of Dad singing to mom daily for 12 years, and the story of the Facebook post prompting a memory my husband needed to hear. I know Mom was reaching out to say hello. Life is so very precious. ~
P.S. I’m adding this as an “update” of sorts, or perhaps the “rest of the story”. At the end of the day after I posted this I went upstairs from my office which is in the basement. There’s a light switch at the bottom of the stairs that corresponds with a light switch upstairs so you can turn it on and off at either end. We’ve lived here well over 20 years and the following has NEVER happened. Later I needed to go downstairs again and I turned on the switch at the top of the stairs and no light went on. There is more than one light bulb in the light fixture so it wasn’t a burnt bulb because that would have been too coincidental. So I wondered if I’d blown a fuse. I walked down the stairs in the dark and hit the switch downstairs up, then down. Nothing. Then up and down again. Nothing. Then up, because I’m stubborn! The light went on! Okay, I’ve posted about my dad using electricity to communicate after he passed before. Communicating through electricity is apparently a venue of choice for those that have passed: ”They also work through electricity – turning TVs and radios on and off, affecting lights, doorbells, phones. They seem to be able to manipulate energy – most likely because they’re energy!” http://www.grandtimes.com/communic.html. It’s the only explanation in my mind. I’ve used this switch several times since with no issues. Mom was having fun with me! Hi Mom!
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Feeling a little vulnerable lately? Or maybe someone is giving you the evil eye, sometimes referred to as “stink eye”. Sometimes you just want a little guaranteed luck, mojo and/or protection, right? You’re not the only one!
Amulets that are used for protection go back thousands of years. The open hand as a symbol of protection is universal. Symbols of divine protection based upon the open hand go by many names: Hamsa, Hand of Rachel, Hand of Mirium, and Hand of Venus/Aphrodite, among others. Hamsa literally means “five”. It predates Christianity as well as Islam. The Hand of Mary was used to protect women from the evil eye, boost fertility and lactation, promote healthy pregnancies, and strengthen the weak.
Some cultures adopted the eye as an amulet for protection while others favored the Hamsa (hand). Over time the two symbols were married and thus the Hand of Fatima was born.
This symbol is commonly seen hung at the threshold of homes where it is believed to guard the household and all who dwell there from the influence of negativity. The talisman is purported to offer special protection against fires making it a prominent fixture in many businesses.
Worn on the person as an amulet, the Hand of Fatima offers not only protection, but blessing. The wearer will be granted abundance, luck, vitality and will find the favor of benevolent forces.
The open hand symbol, especially the right hand, represents blessings, power, and strength. “Used to protect against evil eye, a malicious stare believed to be able to cause illness, death, or just general unluckiness, hamsas often contain an eye symbol.”
The “eye-in-hand” icon is said to represent both the act of observation (the eye) and the action of doing (the hand). “See and do.” It combines the sense of sight and touch, combining the sensory input with intentional output through the hands.
There are others, but need I go on?
My first hamsa came to me at a yoga conference where there was a display of symbolic hand-made jewelry. I was immediately drawn to one beaded necklace containing the hamsa. I remembered it was a protective amulet which the artist also confirmed.
I eagerly donned the hamsa necklace and didn’t think much more about it as I went off to a yoga therapy class working with the energy fields of the body/chakras. One exercise involved using a pendulum to check the health of your chakras.
We partnered up with another student. One was to lie down on their back to be tested and the other was to hold the pendulum between their thumb and forefinger above each chakra of their partner. As the pendulum started to move, we’d note the direction and speed, etc. (For a great article on how to use a pendulum to check your chakras, click here.
As I recall, my chakras were all spinning clockwise and fairly “normal”/equal to each other as we started with the root chakra at the base of the spine. My solar plexus chakra had some issues, so we noted that. But the real fun started when my partner got to my throat chakra. The pendulum wouldn’t go in a circle at all. It was all over the place!
Suddenly I remembered the hamsa necklace I was wearing and removed it. Upon retest, my throat chakra was perfectly “normal”/equal to the others! I joked that I could just imagine the energy of the hamsa with boxing gloves on, batting away at the pendulum, affecting the energy of the pendulum’s circle. THAT exercise was enough for me to really put some stock into the protective energy of the hamsa. I mean something was definitely going on there. No doubt in my mind.
How about you? Still not sure about wearing an amulet for protection? Perhaps try the hand mudra for courage and releasing fear that uses the open palm of the right hand facing forward. The right hand asks for help and is also the one used to give blessing. This mudra is often seen as a Buddha hand gesture called Abhaya Mudra translated from Sanskrit as fearlessness. It can also be interpreted to mean “fear not”.
Some say, with this mudra, you are asking for protection from whomever you put your faith in, which will vary according to your faith tradition. Likewise, the hamsa is worn by people of all religions. Knowing that the symbol of the open hand is recognized as a sign of protection across many societies, I believe its energy to be universal. How about you? Needing a little assurance? It’s only an open hand away.
(Here are two more hamsas I purchased on State Street in Madison—one this past weekend—from one of my favorite jewelers—“Wearable Archeologies”. I googled her name just now to find this synchronistic youtube where she talks about the hamsa being one of her most popular pieces. Enjoy!)
Here’s to keeping the bad juju away!
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Have you had a dream that intrigued you lately? Did you record it anywhere? I don’t analyze every dream I have, but when I have a similar theme two nights in a row, I tend to sit up and take notice. A few nights ago I dreamt I used a Sunstone to “listen” to what other stone’s messages were. I would put my ear up to the sunstone and “hear” the message. It was as though the dream message was instructing me to use the Sunstone for this purpose. In the same dream I used a flat agate stone—similar to one displayed in my bathroom—and put it up against the right side of my chest. In the dream as soon as I did this, there was a discernible and undeniable “jump” in my body. There was no mistaking a cause and effect from laying the agate against my chest.
I woke up just after this dream which, to me, meant it was calling out to be remembered. The dreams you awake from are easiest to recall, aren’t they?
The very next night I had another dream about stones. Throughout this dream I was seeing a particular kind of agate native to South Dakota called a “teepee canyon agate”. It kept appearing in my hands and I’d investigate it closer and closer, sinking my face toward the stone and noticing the distinctive yellow/orange/red colors. It was almost as if I was awake inside the dream and I wanted to remember this stone. I kept saying to myself—“remember teepee agate, remember teepee agate”. I own a small teepee canyon agate from South Dakota near the Black Hills. My teepee canyon agate has a sparkly druse cluster of crystals on one end. In my humble opinion, druse clusters are like antennae to a magical realm. My husband and I love the Black Hills and this native stone serves as a touch base or talisman to our memories of this sacred land.
Indigenous tribes consider dream messages of great importance. Their messages and meanings are discussed during fireside gatherings. They are not to be taken lightly. Aborigines in Australia consider dreams integral to their spirituality. Native Americans consider their dream messages as being vital information pertaining to their destiny. Messages from the Universe come via your dreams. They appear in the “magic ‘tween times” happening between sleep and awake.
When was the last time you had a dream that seemed to stand out and call for attention? THOSE are the dreams trying to tell you something! I believe it was the “stone theme” two nights in a row that was the Universe’s way of saying “Hey! This one’s important!” The Universe has a way of pointing things out.
Metaphysically, Sunstone is said to be a “joyful stone” restoring life’s sweetness and helping you to value and nurture yourself. It encourages optimism, enthusiasm, motivation and positive action. Sunstone helps you develop your own originality, encouraging independence and alleviating fearfulness. It has a powerful connection to the light and power of the sun, bringing light to all situations. Carrying a piece around with you can help your personal power to shine. Sunstone brings good fortune and abundance making it a strong manifestation stone. It’s also useful in removing energy draining ties or “hooks” into your energy by other people.
Using Sunstone as the “filter through which I perceive and amplify messages” is an amazing dream message, don’t you think? My interpretation is that you should view everything through the veil of optimism and self empowerment. Celebrate your own achievements. Be yourself; be original; be independent. Let your personal power shine through. Lighten your thinking to improve your state of mind which will improve your ability to manifest your desires.
I’m wearing the only Sunstone I own—earrings wrapped in brass wire. Appropriate they are worn near my ears, yes? The dream suggested listening through Sunstone.
The Teepee Canyon Agate being red, orange, and yellow in color immediately brings to mind the base chakras—root, sacral, and solar plexus. I have always considered my Teepee Canyon Agate as a special talisman. Read this great article on how to personalize your own talisman or amulet. The dream telling me to “remember Teepee Agate” on the heels of using Sunstone as the filter through which to receive messages makes me think increasing the energetic pathway through the first three chakras will be enhanced with Sunstone’s positive influence. Strengthening the first three chakras is in order.
Agates are known as the “stone of balance and well-being”. It balances yin/yang energy and enhances courage and protection. It has a healing, calming energy. Agate is a stone of strength and was used by ancient warriors on their breastplate of armor to give them strength and make them victorious in battle.
Remember my dream message to put the Agate to my chest for a noticeable shift? How cool is that?
Energetically, Agates have similar qualities to Sunstone in that it increases self-confidence and strength—both emotionally and physically—and it dispels fears. It is a grounding stone allowing for bursts of energy as needed, similar to Sunstone’s ability to let your personal power shine through. Agate also transforms negative energy similar to Sunstone.
So are you ready to work more closely with your dream messages? I thought so! In Dick Stuphen’s book, Oracle Within, he suggests that right before you go to sleep ask for dreams that will assist you in understanding what is holding you back. And here’s the part I like—it suggests asking that the dreams be received literally, not symbolically. (I remembered thinking, “I can ask that?! Why didn’t I think of that?! Well why wouldn’t you be able to ask for a clear answer? The Universe is, after all, an aspect of your Higher Self.) Ask that you remember them immediately upon awakening and keep a pen and paper by the bedside for recording. (For more on my experience with asking questions and dreams, see my April 2013 newsletter as well as how Better Day Yoga got it’s a name.
Your dreams speak to you in profound ways if you but take the time to interpret them to your personal experiences. It’s my opinion that you know what your dreams mean. Your first inclination as to the meaning is usually the correct one. Trust your intuition. Listen to your dreams. Start a journal and keep it by your bedside to record dreams that call for attention. Your dreams are talking to you and have vital information pertaining to your destiny.
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Gemstones amplify the energy when placed in contact with your chakras. For those of you unsure on this subject, consider that it’s scientifically proven that everything is energy. Nothing is really solid. Why wouldn’t the energy of a stone work effectively with the energy in our bodies just as some research speculates that the energy of computers, cell phones, and microwaves may affect our bodies? At the very least, I find that holding a favorite stone is like a talisman for me, or a “worry stone”. As my favorite author, Wayne Dyer, likes to say, “If it’s a placebo effect, I’ll take two”.
A few weeks ago I devoured a new book by Hibiscus Moon called Crystal Grids: How and Why They Work. What is a crystal grid, you ask?
“A crystal grid is a geometric pattern of energetically aligned stones charged by intention set in a sacred space for the purpose of manifesting a particular objective….A crystal grid incorporates the use of crystals and stones because of their precise vibratory frequency.” ~ Hibiscus Moon. These “vibrations” help manifest your intention.
In short order, I created a leminscate (infinity symbol) for abundance in my business. Choosing your intention for creating the grid is personal. Hibiscus gives you some ideas—but the sky’s the limit! Have you ever used a vision board? I equate the crystal grids to being a beautiful crystal vision board containing the elements/vibration of my intention.
Choosing a shape using “sacred geometry” and known sacred symbols adds to the energy of your grid. This amazing book gives you many helpful suggestions on various sacred symbols as well as the types of stones to gather for your grid. I started to go through my collection of stones scattered all around our house to find the “candidate” stones. This process was actually more fun than it sounds but maybe that’s just me! It was therapeutic to handle all of my stones checking for the ones that spoke to me. Maybe it was their color, maybe it was their “vibration”. Who can say? I’ve learned not to question my intuition.
Green is the color of abundance, so I focused on the green stones in my collection like malachite and fuschite but also gathered various clear crystals which are good charger crystals to amplify what’s already there. Refer to the book for more fun, relevant suggestions! Hint: “Size does matter!”
I used one of my pendulums to check the “energy” of the candidate stones. You don’t need anything fancy for your pendant—it can be a long necklace with a charm that has some weight to it. I like to say “have pendant will travel!” (Click here for a good article explaining how to use a pendulum). The pendulum “helps you connect to your higher self, tapping into answers you already know on a super-conscious level.” ~ Hibiscus Moon.
Once I had gathered all the stones that my pendulum showed “wanted to play”, I began the process of setting up the crystal grid as explained in the book. Creating a sacred space is crucial. I already have an area where I meditate and practice yoga daily, so the choice was obvious. Your sacred space will be very personal. Finding your quiet corner, or shelf, or countertop will be a source of solace for you. So approach this task with awareness. It’s your sacred ground and no one else’s. The energy with which you approach anything will affect both the experience as well as the outcome.
“When you compare the floor plans of modern homes with those of ancient times, you will see that our needs have essentially gone unchanged. There is one major difference, however. In the space where the ancients once kept their altars, most modern homes now sport a television.
The effects of having a sacred space in the home are profound. In times of loss, extra stress, or when the world seems unfair, this place can be a refuge. No matter where you live or how much room you have, a corner or small shelf space can become a tool for creating closure, initiating new changes, setting goals and opening yourself to inner guidance. So make room for a few items (a candle, crystals, fresh flowers or pictures) that represent peace, calm and inspiration. Spend a little time every day in front of your altar and watch your capacity for reverence grow and overflow.”~ From the book Your Altar: Creating a Sacred Space for Prayer and Meditation by Sandra Kynes.
Location within your sacred space should keep foot traffic in mind. You want to keep your grid undisturbed. One of the placement options is placing your grid to face “magnetic North”. I did that—it’s supposed to add the magnetic energies of Mother Earth to “powerfully intensify your grid.” Who wouldn’t want that?
Before you assemble your grid bring yourself into an alpha state for focused attention and intuition. Yoga and meditation practices do that for me. What works for you? Something as simple as lighting a candle creates a sense of the sacred. Centering yourself with some deep breaths and your own version of prayerful contemplation is a great place to start. You’ll also need an affirmation outlining in a short, positive statement what you want your grid to accomplish to “activate or trigger” your grid. Remember to state your affirmation with feeling, emotion, and visualization. Again, this will be very personal.
I used an affirmation from a Coventry Creations candle. On the side of one of their candles, it says: “Affirmations, when fully embraced, can fill your body, mind and spirit with their life changing powers. The strength of an affirmation comes from the inner commitment you make to its success. Combining your affirmation with a candle specially designed for the same purpose further enhances your personal magic, deepening its effect.” I simply love these candles for the ritual and empowerment they’ve brought to my life, and they smell awesome!
There are other considerations, like an “activation wand” to connect the energy of the stones as you focus on your affirmation. Ideally this wand contains one of the crystals used in your grid. I purchased mine at Mimosa’s in Madison, WI. It’s made out of juniper root and is adorned with amber. It has a crystal “point”. You can also use a natural crystal with a terminated end. Your local rock shop, or the internet, is a good place to start. The wand helps direct your intentions into the grid and is an extension of your electromagnetic frequency. You are literally putting yourself into your grid—very powerful!
Remember to keep the energy in your grid hopping by meditating over it, sending good juju when you can. It is an energy creation so add your energy regularly! This isn’t the same thing as trying to force your intention to happen. As with all affirmations the “feeling of emotion” is feeling your intention as already here. Also remember to detach from the outcome. The Universe has much bigger and more unique plans than you can imagine.
This was just a quick break-down. There are many more important details in Hibiscus Moon’s book! I strongly recommend it!
Since creating my grid, I’ve noticed a clearing out of some stagnant energy in my career. Things I was procrastinating about became top of mind. Other new opportunities have lined up oh-so-subtly. I’m looking forward to being present for more magic to unfold—don’t wait for your magic! (Hibiscus likes to remind that “magic is the word many like to give unknown science.”) Create your own! Choose to be lucky and create your own personal crystal grid!