Energetic Shielding For Empaths

What is an empath?

Empaths feel the emotions of others, often without knowing they are even doing it. They are constantly bombarded by varying emotions from others, from happiness and joy, to sadness and frustration.  Empaths  feel these feelings as if they were their own.  Influences from others in the work place, at home, or in public can affect their mood and outlook.  Empaths often feel the emotions of others so deeply that they can experience anxiety, depression, or epic mood swings.

Negativity

Oh yes, that ugly monster that everyone wants to block and avoid.  And rightfully so!  Negativity from others can be an impairment for those who are striving in their daily lives to be positive, happy, and joyful.  Negativity from others (whether it is directed at us or not) can make us feel…well…crappy.  It’s no fun if you experience this on a day to day basis in the workplace, at school, or even at home.  I don’t tolerate it, plain and simple.  When someone around me is acting out from a place of negativity, I walk away, wish them a blessing, and ignore it.  I have enough of my own  that I don’t need to feel their schtuff too.  That’s not always easy, right?  Good thing I have some crystal helpers for support.

Black Tourmaline and Shungite

I have always used black tourmaline to help “shield” the nasty energy that I sometimes feel from others.  It has made a huge difference in the way that I feel on a day to day basis, because black tourmaline works to change how we process heavy or negative vibrations that come into our energy field.  It helps us to process that energy in a way that doesn’t make us feel so…bad.  Black tourmaline acts like a filter protecting us from energetic “pollution” all around us.

This notion of a filter inspired me to add a little extra ka-pow to my daily black tourmaline.

Shungite is a known water purifier, and as the saying goes “as it is above so it is below”. This means whatever a known physical property of something is, chances are it will have a similar property in metaphysical applications.  Since shungite is a known purifier, I had a hunch it would purify my energetic environment just as well.

A Powerful Duo

A combo of black tourmaline and shungite is like an impenetrable wall of energetic protection.  Those “nasties” will bounce right off.  Here’s how you can start working with them now:

  1. Carry  tumbled stones in your pocket

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2. Wear them as jewelry

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3. Create a crystal grid for your home if that is where it is needed

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If you have tried these out, I would love to hear from you.  Do you have other tried and true methods for energetic protection?  Join the convo…what works for you?

Your Personal Sacred Stone

Do Crystals Pick Us?

Have you ever had a crystal “call to you”.  It has happened to me many times.  I see it over and over in my Facebook newsfeed, it shows up in an email newsletter, I find a specimen that I didn’t know I had, and then I finally get the clue: I need to work with that stone!

Most recently it has been chrysocolla.  It was everywhere I turned, and I was mesmerized by the swirling blues and greens.  I had a few small pieces to work with, but it just didn’t seem like enough.  I felt a deep pull to have it in my energy field all of the time.

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When we experience this with a particular stone or crystal, we can ask ourselves- ” What aspect of this crystal will help me?”

WHAT IS IT THAT I NEED TO HEAL?

I have always known chrysocolla to be a throat chakra stone, primarily.  So the notion that my throat chakra needed attention just did not hold true for me.  I knew it was balanced and healthy.  So what was it that made me so obsessed with chrysocolla?

A friend of mine had an experience like this recently, too.  She texted me about feeling frazzled, impatient, aggravated, and described the feeling that “her life was falling apart”.  It just so happened that she had just special ordered a Desert Jasper sphere from me, and I had a suspicion that she needed it more than she knew.

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The day that it arrived, I texted her a description of its properties (grounding, soothing, calming, etc.) since I knew that she did not have any experience with it yet.  Her response?  “HOLY COW! It’s like it was meant for me!”  The most fascinating thing is that she picked it on impulse, as if it really was meant for her.

Days later, she reported back to me that she felt like the sphere was “filling holes in her aura”, that her mood had turned around, and she was more connected to that sphere than any other crystal.

A Personal Sacred Stone?

Then there is the thought that each of us has a personal stone that is sacred to us.  A stone that is an all-purpose healer.  No matter what the books say it does, that personal sacred stone is our constant companion, our healing partner for life.  And so it is for me with my precious chrysocolla.

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Whether we pick our crystals and stones intuitively, or they “pick us”, knowing when to listen to our own inner wisdom (rather than what the books say) can lead to profound healing.

7 Days to Balanced Chakras Part 7 The Third Eye and Crown

celestitegorgeouscluster In the practiced of balancing all of our chakras, I chose to group the third eye and crown chakras together because so many of the crystals we can choose to work with will work well for both chakras.

Before we even begin to open and expand the upper chakras, it is imperative that we are properly grounded, as discussed here.  We must have a solid foundation from which to build our energetic house to avoid feeling spacey, loopy, or “out of sorts”.

The third eye or brow chakra is located in the center of the forehead and is responsible for our intuition, insight, and imagination.  The crown chakra is located a few inches above the head and governs our sense of a Higher Power, guidance from Divine realms, and our cognitive functions.

Working with the upper chakras will take you from a state of just existing to a state of living within your own Divinity, knowing that you are part of something much bigger than yourself, and relying on guidance from your Higher Self and Heavenly Realms.  Dreams and visions become clearer and more meaningful, inner guidance becomes sharper and more reliable, and creative ideas and inspiration flow effortlessly.

Crystals for the Crown and Third Eye Chakras

 

Clear Quartz (the Master Healer- works with all chakras)

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Fluorite

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Apophyllite

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Amethyst

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Celestite

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Here is a recent grid

that I created to increase Angelic communication in my life.  The messages that came through were amazing.  I will save the details of that experience for another post, but here is a look to give you some inspiration:

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7 Days To Balanced Chakras Day 6 The Throat Chakra

vectorstock_308588The throat chakra is located near the hollow of your throat, and governs all of your communication and understanding.  With a balanced, open, and healthy throat chakra, you are able to speak clearly and listen to others well.  You will be able to communicate openly and honestly, as well as communicate effectively in writing.

A closed or unbalanced throat chakra can lead to difficulty speaking up, especially in front of groups of people.  This can also lead to difficulty communicating on social media.  When your throat chakra needs attention, you may feel as through no one listens to you, or that you have nothing valuable to say.

The throat chakra vibrates to the color blue, so blue colored stones are ideal for balancing and opening this chakra.

Blue Aragonite

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Blue Apetite

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Blue Lace Agate (also very calming)

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Blue Fluorite

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Sodalite

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Chrysocolla

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A wonderful way to have a throat chakra stone in the vicinity of the chakra is to wear a crystal or gemstone pendant.  This way, as you speak throughout the day, the healing vibrations of the stone are resonating within your throat chakra constantly.

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Repeat this affirmation to yourself throughout the day to strengthen and open your throat chakra:

 

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7 Days To Balanced Chakras- Day 5 The Heart Chakra

heart-chakraThe heart chakra is located in the center of the chest, and governs our emotions, just as one might think.  Have you ever felt a literal heartache?  Have you ever felt a squeezing sensation in your chest when you are nervous, worried, or excited?  That is because the heart center is a powerful hub for emotions, much more so than the brain.

When the heart chakra is blocked or under-active, we can experience this in many ways.  We might have difficulty expressing love to others, or we may even feel unworthy of love in general.  We may also have a hard time with forgiveness, for when the heart chakra is truly open and balanced, forgiveness flows effortlessly.  A blocked or closed heart chakra can also lead to feelings of jealousy, hatred, anger resentment, and unworthiness.

Because the heart chakra is the bridge between the upper and lower chakras, balance is the key to strive for.  The heart is the seat of the soul, and must flow openly and easily with the other chakras for a complete state of balance.

Crystals for the heart chakra:

Rose Quartz for gentle heart chakra healing and comfort

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Green Adventurine will gently expand the heart chakra

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Rhodonite is helpful when there has been a traumatic experience that needs to be healed

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Malachite brings rapid healing by forcing emotions to the forefront.

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Most of these can be carried in your pocket throughout the day, but malachite is usually recommended in small doses (15 to 20 minutes at a time).

A wonderful heart chakra healing meditation can be done in a crystal bath.  This is an ideal way to begin caring for yourself and your heart chakra.  Rose quartz and green aventurine are both water safe, and can be added to your bath along with some rose or jasmine essential oil.  Add a guided meditation for supreme relaxation and self-care.

Heart chakra affirmation that you can repeat to yourself throughout the day:

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7 Days to Balanced Chakras Part 4- The Solar Plexus

solarplexussharableThe solar plexus chakra is located in the physical center of your body, just below the breastbone.  The solar plexus governs our confidence, sense of ambition, personal boundaries, and creative spark.  If the solar plexus chakra is blocked or underactive, the implications can be crippling.  In order to explain just how crippling a blocked solar plexus can be, I’m going to have to get a little personal

Not too long ago, when I was studying for my Advanced Crystal Master Certification, I was required to present my first live crystal healing event. I had to present what I knew to a group of people.  But not just any people…my PEERS!  The thought of it made me want to vomit.  I was terrified.

I knew something was terribly wrong with the way I was feeling.  I majored in drama in college, and speaking in front of groups of people was nothing new for me.  Besides, this was my passion, my life’s work!  Why was I feeling like I would rather eat a bug than present a crystal healing class?

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The answer was in my severely blocked solar plexus chakra, and I knew this intuitively- I just felt it.

I worked with all of the usually recommended solar plexus stones like citrine

Citrine

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and yellow calcite

Yellow Calcite

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with limited results.  When you have a particularly stubborn chakra, as I had in this case, you might need several sessions with a pro crystal healer, or you might just need to think outside of the box.

 

I started working with a rhodocrosite heart that I had never connected with much, and I just knew somehow that the creamy yellow and  pink stone was going to be the key to the breakthrough I was seeking.  After several healing sessions and meditations with this carved heart placed between my heart and solar plexus chakra, my perspective began to change.  Maybe I can do this?  Yes, I really think I can!

 

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That pretty little heart was in my pocket the day I finally presented my class to a very welcoming and receptive audience of colleagues.   (I also wore a very bright yellow shirt for some added chromo therapy).  And I realized I never had anything to fear, and my story would go on to help others see that they can take back their own power, as I did.

Want some more inspiration for your solar plexus chakra?  Try malachite.

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Even though malachite is usually recommended for the heart chakra, it will work well with the solar plexus by forcing the underlying issues to the forefront.  This happens in a very in-your-face kind of way, so just be prepared to truly deal with what ever comes up.  And if you think you are not ready to deal with it, it’s probably the perfect time.

 

 

 

7 Days to Balanced Chakras- Part 3 Sacral Chakra

sacral-chakra  In online in forums, Facebook groups, and email questions, the theme is the same… “I need more passion in my life!”  I am seeing this over and over, and I am behind the scenes jumping up and down, screaming “it’s your sacral chakra!!”

The sacral chakra rules the reproductive system, the lower digestive system, and our creativity and passion for life.  For as much as sex rules our society, somehow our sacral chakras are easily knocked off balance and become blocked and stagnant.  The result? Lower sex drive, impeded creativity, and a good ole case of the “blahs”.

Is there an area of your life that you can’t seem to make progress with?  A job that is going nowhere?  A relationship that is not growing?  A business venture that just won’t get off the ground?  The answer could lie within your sacral chakra, the seat of your creative drive.

In order to get the sacral chakra open and healthy (and get that passion flowing), some amazing crystal helpers are orange calcite, carnelian, and unakite.

Unakite

Unakite

Carnelian

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Orange Calcite

Orange Calcite

Place one or all three of these stones just below or on your belly button and focus on bright, orange light bursting forth from your belly.  See and feel your creativity and passion coming to life.  If you are not a pro at meditation and visualization, a guided meditation could be in  order.  I like this one from Phillip Permutt.

For women, I like to throw in a little moonstone

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And for men, Shiva Lingam

Shiva Lingam

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All of these stones are great for carrying in your pocket, too.  Keep working on your sacral chakra, but don’t ignore the root chakra like we discussed here.

Next post: The Solar Plexus Chakra