I am VERY excited to announce that I am joining Hope College of Crystal Healing as a tutor!
Having done my two-year training with Sandra, founder and principal of HCCH, I am a huge fan of her courses. I feel very honoured that she has asked me to teach the accredited courses within her school, as she is such a wonderful and talented teacher herself.
So, as well as continuing my crystal healing work with individuals, and my workshops for kids and adults, I will begin offering ACHO accredited Crystal Therapy courses from this Summer onwards.
I am really looking forward to getting this going, so if you're interested in the accredited courses, please get in touch with me via the contact page.
For more details of Sandra, HCCH, and the accredited courses, please visit this link:
Opportunities are making themselves known to you right now. There are SO many new starts on offer, just look at this!
So far, we have experienced:
The recent New Moon and Eclipse = the opening of a portal for wiping the slate clean, cleansing away the old, and releasing the past.
The Spring Equinox = a new start, as life begins to grow and open up all around us.
The Sun moved into Aries = the start of the Astrological Year.
And we are about to experience:
The first Full Moon of the Astrological Year, which coincides with another Eclipse = the closing of the Eclipse portal, completion of the process of wiping the slate clean, cleansing and releasing the past.
Have you been feeling it? Squeezed? Stressed? Under pressure? Wondering "when is this going to end? When am I going to start feeling better?"
Well, it ends when you let it. Have you been letting go of what needs to go? Or have you been clinging on to old beliefs, situations, relationships, patterns? This stuff that is annoying you, upsetting you, stopping you from moving forwards... it's just showing itself to you, so that you can do something about it.
Yes, that's right. DO something about it. If you don't, who will? If you don't make the changes to bring yourself the life of your dreams, who will? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.
Do you keep doing the same things, but expecting different results? Do you keep thinking the same thoughts, and expecting things to change? Do you keep accepting behaviour that you don't want, from people around you, and expect it to magically disappear?
Doing the same thing, and expecting different outcomes is the definition of madness. But you're not mad, you're not stupid, so come one, why are you still doing this to yourself?
I get it. We're all only human. We make mistakes, we don't like to take risks, we want to be friends with everyone, we get stuck sometimes, and we don't like to rock the boat. But sometimes, FOR OWN GOOD, we have to take risks, upset some people, perhaps make some mistakes while trying to do something differently... We have to. Or it will all just stay the same.
While we're waiting for the Full Moon on March 23rd, and the Eclipse portal closure, we have time to look into our hearts, and to figure out what needs to be done differently.
And it DOES NEED to be done differently. Only you know what to do. It may be scary to think about this, but you will just KNOW, in your HEART, what to do.
Do it for yourself. And if you can't do it for yourself, do it for the good of the people around you - when you're happier, they'll be happier to. Do it for the Universe, we ALL need you to do the right thing for you. It restores balance for us all. The more of us who find our own true calling, own inner balance, our perfect vibration, the easier it will be for us all.
If you're not sure what your heart is telling you, keep listening - it never gives us, it sends out the same message over and over, until we get it. If you've not been listening to your heart for some time, it'll take a while to tune back in. Your heart is your own perfect partner, and will always be there for you - the seat of your soul.
If you'd like some help tuning back into your heart, get in touch to book a reading.
Happy Equinox, Happy New Astrological New Year, and Happy Eclipse Portal <3
2016 is going to be an amazing year!
Not quite ready for it yet? Fear not, for I have some fabulous resources to get you prepared to hit the ground running.
I have put together some of my favourite pieces, that I have discovered recently, which have helped and inspired me.
Take from these suggestions what works for you, and leave anything that doesn't resonate.
Make a cuppa, put your feet up, and enjoy!
The Power of Positivity
Create the life of your dreams YOURSELF!
Wishing you the best life for YOU for 2016 - now, go and create it :-) <3
Where does the fear of loneliness or being alone come from?
We see it everywhere, we all buy into it. This is a great fear, possibly the biggest and most overwhelming of them all. So where does it come from? Who or what made us believe in such a fearful concept?
Because in reality, there is no truth in it at all. We are NEVER alone. We are all connected, we never leave, and our loved ones are all around us. Our bodies die, but our spirit never expires. We may not be in the same, physical, 3D space as our loved ones, but we can connect energetically at all times with anyone and everyone.
True, our logical brains buy into the fear, for we have been conditioned over generations to believe it. But we have a choice over our belief systems - whether we are conscious of our freedom of choice or not.
Also true, that we have been conditioned to "forget" our spiritual senses. We have been taught not to use them, not to believe or trust them. To keep us small, to keep us from our personal power. To keep us scared.
I love the spiritual work that I do, not only because it brings so much positive energy to me and the people who find me, but because I meet so many people who are in touch with their spiritual senses.
People are remembering their true selves, their spiritual senses, and their personal power. People are also becoming aware of the fear that is trying to hold us back. Seeing through it is the first step. Once that first step is completed, you are then free to carve the rest of the path yourself - in your own design. How beautiful!
It may seem as though I have lost my train of thought a little here. But my message is this: do you wish to buy into the beliefs you have been fed by society and the "powers that be"? In particular, do you wish to feel a fear of being alone? Or do you choose to create your own set of beliefs?
Our individual paths are ours to choose and create. There is nothing to fear in that <3
You may feel a bit squeezed lately. You may also be noticing old stuff coming up, once more, that you thought you had left behind.
You did work through it, but now you're coming back to it, to look at it all again, through the benefit of lessons learned since the last time. Life is like a spiral - you go up a level, and come back to the same point, but with a higher perspective.
You'll see things more clearly. You'll feel things more calmly. You'll be calmer and clearer still, once you realise this is being shown to you, in order to show you how well you're doing.
To see it in this new light, you'll have to ignore that logical mind, and that monkey ego. Mind and ego will want to make you worry, want to make you feel you've done the wrong thing, make you feel bad, make you feel a failure. Mind and ego also want to keep you trapped.
The best bit about all of this, is that you are being given the opportunity now to FREE yourself from mind and ego. You have the chance to CHOOSE to see your life as it really is, without the tainted version that mind and ego keep trying to show you.
As you untangle yourself from the blinkers of mind and ego, and start to tune in to your emotions and intuition (and maybe even your creative side), you will realise that whatever is going on for your right now, will be making way for a fresh start for 2016. From December 25th 2015 actually, when the Full Moon peaks at 11:11am!
2016 is going to be a year of completion, finishing what you started. If you're reading this, it is no accident that you are here - you have been doing the work on yourself, and taking steps to make your life better. 2016 is the end of that "correction" cycle, and the start of the new stuff. The GOOD stuff. When you begin reaping what you have sown these last 8 years. It has been a tough slog, hasn't it? But it has been SO worth it.
Like you, I am looking forward to 2016, when I will be making huge steps forward in my business. More live workshops and online courses are being prepared, so if you'd like yo keep up to date, please sign up for my newsletter via the form on the homepage.
Sending you much love this December <3
After talking about incense in an online course I've been creating, I found this article about the use of Frankincense - fabulous.
Now you've had a go at cleansing your crystals, you're ready for the next step: Charging your crystals.
Now, there are differing opinions about charging. Some say you don't need to do this at all. Some believe only certain crystals need charging. As always, I will just give MY beliefs and methods, and you can then make up your own mind. Take what feels right for you, and leave the rest.
For me, I treat my crystals like my wee friends, and I like to look after them and pamper them, just as they look after and pamper me! Why wouldn't I want to be nice to them? For a pamper, we people enjoy a nice meal, a massage or a nice sleep to re-charge, don't we? We feel nourished and loved. In the same way, crystals love a good charge! After I have charged up my crystals, I can actually hear them buzzing, so I know that they feel better after a bit of nurture.
I charge all my crystals as and when I feel they "need" or "would like" it. I just use my intuition, and trust what I feel. There are a few ways that you can charge up your crystals, so I'll explain a couple, and tell you my preferred method.
Laying out your crystals in the Sun gives them a real boost. The Sun's energy is a strong, masculine energy, that brings power and confidence, and the desire to take action! So this will suit crystals who carry this kind of energy in particular, but will give all crystals a nice zingy boost - think citrus fruits!
One draw back though, is that some crystals can fade if left out in the Sun. So, they can go white or pale, and lose their original colour. This doesn't affect their energy too much, but if you want to preserve the beautiful appearance of your crystals, just be a little careful with this method of charging.
If you are lucky enough to live near a natural spring or stream, with clean water, then take your crystals along! The bubbling clear water gives your crystals a gentle, soothing charge, and as the water element is about emotions, is especially good for crystals which balance emotions.
As with using water as cleansing, using water to charge has its draw backs too. Some crystals can dissolve or their appearance can change in water. As I don't know exactly which crystals may react this way in water, I don't use this method often - unless I'm totally sure the crystals will be OK in water.
This is my favourite method. I feel especially connected to the Moon, and it just seems to suit me. The different phases of the Moon have very unique qualities, and I love to charge my crystals at a Full Moon. While the Sun is masculine, the Moon is a feminine energy, but it is JUST as strong! Moon energy is especially great for crystals which help with emotions, intuition, creativity. I charge ALL of my crystals by the Moon though, and if I feel the need to charge odd crystals with another method on top of this, I do that as an extra.
Ultimately, you need to choose the methods that feel right for you. Give them all a go, research other ways to charge (I've only given you three, there are more!), and see how they work for you. As always, I'd love to hear from you - what are your thoughts on charging? Which methods work best for you? Also, if you have any requests on further blog topics, please do get in touch with your ideas.
You've heard people talking about meditation, right? But perhaps you don't know what all the fuss is about. Earlier in my journey, I thought meditation was for hippies - nothing wrong with hippies, I just didn't see myself as one. I thought that I wouldn't be able to do it, so I'd get no benefit from it, especially with my monkey mind! I was always on the go, and too busy for stuff like that anyway.
I am a meditation convert now though. Guided and visualisation meditations are my thing. I meditate every day - and if I don't get chance to do my usual routine, I certainly can tell the difference. It sets me up for the day, giving me focus and clarity to hit the ground running. And at night, it winds me (and my monkey mind) down ready for sleep.
Meditation is low cost (free, if you know how!), simple to do (check out my guided meditations and courses), and can be done virtually anywhere once you get into it.
Here are my top 50 perks of meditation. Just a few reasons that everyone should give meditation a go!
1- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate
2- Increases capacity for exercise
3- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
4- Helps reduce high blood pressure
5- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
6- Decreases muscle tension
7- Reduces Pre-Menstrual Syndrome symptoms
8- Helps in post-operative healing
9- Benefits the immune system
10- Enhances energy, strength and vigour
11- Helps with weight loss
12- Higher skin resistance
13- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease
14- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
15- Slows the aging process
16- Helps ease pain of chronic diseases
17- Reduce headaches & migraines
18- Reduced Need for Medical Care
19- Less energy wasted
20- Significant relief from asthma
21- Improved performance in athletic events
22- Relaxes our nervous system
23- Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
24- Improve infertility
25- Helps in building sexual energy & desire (!)
26- Builds self-confidence
27- Resolve phobias & fears
28- Helps control own thoughts
29- Helps with focus & concentration
30- Increase creativity
31- Improved learning ability and memory
32- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
33- Increased emotional stability
34- Improved relationships
35- Mind ages at slower rate
36- Increased Productivity
37- Improved relations at home & at work
38- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
39- Helps ignore petty issues
40- Increased ability to solve complex problems
41- Develop will power
42- Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
43- React more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event
44- Increased job satisfaction
45- Decrease in potential mental illness
46- More sociable behaviour
47- Less aggressiveness
48- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
49- Reduces need and dependency on medication
50- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
51- Reduces road rage!
52- Decrease in restless thinking
53- Decreased tendency to worry
54- Increases listening skills and empathy
55- Helps make more accurate judgements
56- Develops emotional maturity
57- Helps keep things in perspective
58- Provides peace of mind, happiness
59- Helps you discover your purpose
60- Increased compassion
61- Growing wisdom
62- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
63- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
64- Increased acceptance of oneself
65- Changes attitude toward life
66- Helps living in the present moment
67- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
68- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
69- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
70- Re-connects you to your intuition
My personal favourite is number 51! Which one do you like best?
So, you like crystals? Maybe you're starting to gather quite a collection of them now? Would you like to get the best from these treasures from Mother Earth? Then read on...
There are many differing opinions about what to do with crystals. So, I will give you an insight as to what I personally do with my crystals. Please take what resonates with you, and leave the rest. I'd love to hear what you think, so if you feel drawn to, do get in touch.
What do you mean by "Cleansing"?
This is vitally important for me, and is the very first thing I do before I use my crystals. Crystals can pick up "dirty" energy easily while on their travels before they reach you - I'm not talking physical dirt here (although they can get physically dirty too!). It could be energy they have picked up from pollution in the area they were found, energy from whoever dug it up, or from someone who handled it in the shop before you. Now of course, I don't want to pick up their energy, I just want the energy of the crystal itself, so I cleanse first.
After carrying out healing on a client, I always cleanse my crystals, to ensure any energy they have cleared from the person isn't passed on to the next person. I will also cleanse my crystals after I have used them myself, to rid them of any negative energy that I may have left on them after a healing session. Even just having your crystals out on display in a room, will mean they pick up energy from the atmosphere, so I regularly cleanse them. Just whenever I remember, or I sense they are "dirty" - I use my intuition, and you can tune in to yours too.
Some people like to cleanse crystals in water - tap water, or natural spring water. However, I prefer not to use this method, because certain crystals don't like water - for example, Selenite can dissolve in water, even just water in the atmosphere in humid conditions. As I don't know exactly which crystals will react badly to water, I just steer clear of this method.
Here are some of the ways I like to cleanse my crystals:
Sound a bit crazy? Yes, you CAN cleanse your crystals with your breath. I find it is best to breathe out through your nose, holding the crystal close to your face. Repeat if you feel it necessary. I don't like to use breath from my mouth - the reason for this is because we all have a bit of a moan or say the odd angry thing sometimes, so the air is just more "positive" from our noses!
I use this method in the shop, while choosing which crystals I want to buy - you can do it quite discreetly, and you get a good feel of the crystal's energy once it is cleansed, so you can make the right selection. It's a quick fix, and it does the job for me, until I can get the crystals home and give them a proper clean.
Any kind of sound will cleanse the energy of your crystals, so go with what you're drawn to - a rattle, bells, rainmakers, a didgeridoo or even certain music. If you feel you need to repeat your chosen method a few times, or use a mixture of sounds, then just go with it. This method is quick, and very effective - my crystals feel really clean with this method.
Smudging with sage, incense or any smoke is a great way of cleansing you crystals. Just waft the smoke over them. If you feel drawn to, you could use feathers or a fan to help you waft smoke about. I like to use White Sage. This is another very effective method, however, it takes a bit more time and effort. It is a great way to start a ritual for your crystals, when preparing them for charging (more on that in Part 2).
As I said, these are just the ways that I like to cleanse my crystals. The important thing with any chosen method is that you go with what feels right for you, and you hold the intention that you are cleansing your crystals of negative energy.
Look out for Part 2: Charging Your Crystals.
Are you suffering right now?
This is the Full Moon and Eclipse build-up, preparing to shift and clear ancient history that has been lingering for longer than we know. It is emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, ancestral...
If, like me, you are finding it excruciating, then you are clearing not only your own "baggage", but that of the collective, perhaps even that of Mother Earth.
By tomorrow, we will have gone through the worst of it.
In the meantime, KNOW it will pass. The worst thing about pain like this, is the belief that it will never end. It will.
Also, get out your crystals, choose whatever you feel drawn to. Not sure? Go for black or brown. Not got any? Go to the healing post from Friday - the lovely Rose Quartz will soothe and comfort you.
Burn some incense. White Sage is good for clearing and cleansing the atmosphere as you purge and clear and detox your energy.
Have a salt bath. Grounding, but will also aid the detox.
Sending much love to all. Please remember, you are doing yourself and everyone else a big service in clearing this. Be proud and grateful to be a part of this giant shift. By tomorrow, you'll be feeling some relief
Jo is a natural medium, empath and intuitive healer, helping people to ride the waves of life