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Grounding with Crystals & Stones

Grounding – you probably hear that word a lot if you’re into metaphysical stuff.

But what IS grounding and why is it important?

We hear the word ‘ground’ often – everyday actually but don’t think much of it, as a matter of fact I think we take it for granted.

We live on the ground, the ground which is the earth. Our feet are on it and we’re standing on it everyday. But again, we don’t think much of it.

So what is grounding then?

Grounding is the intentional act of connecting to the ground, connecting to the earth.

You might be thinking to yourself as you read this ‘but I’m already on the ground, I’m already here.’

Are you really here though, or are you wandering while someone is talking to you? You can be physically ‘here’ but still wander. Every single one of us is definitely guilty of daydreaming, thinking about yesterday, worrying about the future or just overthinking in general.

Grounding is important because when we don’t ground, things can go wrong throughout the day. We might even find ourselves in a situation that we didn’t see coming because we didn’t ground ourselves.

So, how do we ground?

We ground by visualizing that we are connected to the earth. You can achieve this by visualizing roots coming out of your feet and going deep into the ground just like a tree, or you can imagine an electric bolt of lightning piercing through you and running straight into the ground, straight into the core of the earth.

Do this everyday – before you leave your home, before you start driving or whenever you just feel ‘spacey’. You can ground wherever you are, even when you’re just standing somewhere.

Some popular crystals and stones that can help with grounding:

Agates

Black Tourmaline

Hematite

Obsidian

Jaspers

Smokey Quartz

Even Quartz crystals when programmed, can be used for grounding; crystals and stones that are dark – black, brown, gray, red.

You can place them near you whether at home or at work, you can also place them in your car.

The above photo is a Smokey Himalayan Quartz cluster and it’s available for purchase here.

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Video: Women Try Crystal Healing For Chronic Pain

I stumbled upon this interesting video while considering another certification in crystal healing.

What was so interesting about it? The two girls seemed like total skeptics to me, which is a perfect example because that’s how most of us start when trying something we don’t fully understand – we laugh and joke about it but were still willing to try it anyway.

What was even more interesting was that while one girl went 180 the other one still remained skeptical. Overall it was worth a watch, I also admire how the crystal healer handled these two women with such grace and power.

I posted this video here because while I am running this crystal shop, I am also delving deeper by expanding my knowledge and experience in these healing modalities. I just love this kind of stuff so it fascinates and inspires me even more when I can witness the subtle power of a crystal healing.

To me, a crystal healing is not just the healer and the crystals doing the healing – the person receiving the healing is also a participant in their own healing. In fact, a crystal healing may even be the catalyst for your self-healing journey – as I believe that women and men can heal themselves, as your higher self lead you to the experience for a reason.

If you are interested in getting a session from this lovely woman, her name is Jules and her website is Auralux – she is located here in Los Angeles, CA. I do not know her yet and she doesn’t know me, but wanted to share her information with you.

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Crystal of the Day: Amphibole “Angel Phantom” Quartz

What can I say about Amphibole Quartz that hasn’t already been said online…

it’s a Quartz crystal filled with all kinds of other minerals – blue asbestos, Hematite, Kaolinite, Limonite and more – when cut and polished it creates what looks like flowing, wispy wings and texture inside the crystal, thus giving it the nicknames Angel Phantom Quartz or Amphibole Lightning Quartz.

Definition of amphibole from dictionary.com:

  1. any of a complex group of hydrous silicate minerals, containing chiefly calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, and aluminum, and including hornblende, tremolite, asbestos, etc., occurring as important constituents of many rocks.

And yes, the mineral group does give you the vibe of angel phantoms and lightning – for me personally, I imagine visions of fiery angels accompanied by gray clouds and thunderous flashes of bright light descending down from the heavens with giant, wispy wings.🔥

Wouldn’t that would be a mind blowing experience!⚡👁⚡

Some articles describe Angel Phantom Quartz as gentle. My personal opinion: it is not gentle and soft at all, but loud and somewhat intense. I suppose it depends on each individual specimen, but this particular one is definitely fiery, most likely from red Hematite.

So while we’re waiting for angels to appear to us, we have a perfect 3D representation of that powerful, ethereal and angelic force – the Amphibole Quartz. You can work with Amphibole Quartz to open the 3rd and 6th or 7th chakras – as they work together to assist you with creative manifestation from a higher, more spiritual plane.

I also want to add that you don’t have to believe in angels to enjoy Angel Phantom Quartz – from an artistic point of view, the amphiboles also look like layers of three dimensional brush strokes from a painting. Mother nature is truly amazing.

Because it’s Quartz which is programmable and contains all other colors within itself; and that there are so many other minerals present in Amphibole Quartz, I believe that you can balance all chakras as well with this crystal.

Edit: this amazing crystal has sold. We are currently out of Amphibole Quartz. Please visit this page to see what else we have.

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Crystal Book Reads: Cosmic Crystals by RA Bonewitz

Often times I’ll buy a book based on its cover and this one is no exception. I love the typography, the use of star and crystal elements – a combination I never seem to tire of. Vintage books are probably more interesting cover-wise than most modern book covers these days, at least to me.

I believe RA Bonewitz has a science background but also had a spiritual experience of some sort and so he blends geology and metaphysical stuff into this book. Included are technical illustrations of the atomic structure of minerals as well as different shapes and sizes of them.

I’ve not finished the book but have jumped around mostly, I confess that I have a hard time finishing all sorts of books because I go in and out of being interested.

Nonetheless, this is a fascinating book to have in your collection if you love and appreciate crystals and minerals both from a geological and metaphysical point of view.

 

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Video: The Sage Goddess on Success and How to Grow Your Etsy Shop

Some sage advice from the Sage Goddess herself, Athena Perrakis on success and how to grow your Etsy shop.

I’m posting this here because A) it’s metaphysical related and B) I personally got a lot out of it. I’m definitely learning as I go with having this small business! I’m thankful that mystical women entrepreneurs are sharing their knowledge and expertise with us.

I also think that a lot of people who visit my website also want to start a business of their own or already have one. I believe this video will be helpful to you.

Entrepreneurship is huge right now; I don’t think there’s ever been a time where literally everyone owns a business of some sort. It’s quite fascinating to be alive in the 21st century, isn’t it?

Watch this video if you are someone who:

  1. Wants to have an online business with physical products
  2. Someone who wants to have a conscious business

I’ve also transcribed the 9 Keys to Success from the video:

I want to add that even though Athena is basing it off her own experience from having an actual store with products in it, the keys below still apply to those of us (myself included) who operate an online shop.

  1. Start with a demand.
    You cannot maintain success without a customer demand for your products or services.
  2. Understand and appreciate your audience.
    Figure out how they think so you can solve their problems and make them feel heard and appreciated.
  3. Establish the business.
    Figure out as much of the nuts and bolts of business as you can while still employed.
  4. Craft an authentic brand.
    You won’t be able to maintain your marketing efforts and grow your online community if the brand is inauthentic.
  5. Listen to your intuition.
    Quiet your mind. Block out fears, doubts, deadlines, competitors, experts, etc. so you can hear your inner voice.
  6. Build a strong team.
    Find the right employees, make them feel valued and set their expectations about how you operate up front.
  7. Don’t forget about self care.
    Don’t build your vision at the expense of yourself.
  8. Find a way to stay present.
    Make sure you enjoy the journey itself. Don’t miss the meaningful moments along the way.
  9. Stay grateful.
    Develop a simple daily gratitude practice.

Wasn’t that wonderful? The 9 keys are simple yet very impactful.

Yet I know what you’re thinking. You’re probably wondering: well why didn’t she talk about money at all, I mean isn’t that the number one objective in having a business?

I say watch the video again because you may have missed some of the important things she says, like taking risks.

Taking risks is different for everybody. For Athena, she had to make sure that her family was taken care of before she left her corporate job.

I’m in that same exact boat right now. Yes, I’m pursuing my dream. But having a business is a risk and as much as I want this to be my fulltime thing right now, I still have to think about who and what I am responsible. I have bills to pay and a cat to feed AND I live in Los Angeles; it can get expensive.

And so while I build up this business, I still have my fulltime job.

Conclusion:

I believe that if you follow these 9 keys, the money will come. But you also have to be patient and be willing to stick it out.

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Learning the Ancient Art of Crystal Healing

I wasn’t sure where to post this for a few reasons:

  1. It’s personal
  2. This is a crystal shop blog
  3. I actually have a few websites

But at the same time, I wanted to post it here because:

  1. It is about crystals
  2. It’s also about crystal healing, which is tied to the use of crystals and stones
  3. Maybe you want to learn it too and so I figured I would share my learning experience here.😊
  4. I promised myself that I would blog here once a week.

Some of the possible reasons why you’re wanting to learn crystal healing or crystal therapy:

  1. You have a strong desire to know and heal yourself.
  2. You want to expand and deepen your knowledge of crystals and stones.
  3. You want to understand how crystals can actually heal the body.
  4. You want to be in greater service to yourself and others.

I wanted to learn crystal healing for some time now, but didn’t know where to go.

There are a few reputable places to learn online and you’ve probably heard of them – Hibiscus Moon, Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy, Krista Mitchell and more that I can’t think of at the moment.

There’s also a very informative book series on the subject that I think a lot of the online schools I mentioned above use to teach crystal healing to students. I also reference it a lot throughout Metaphysical Vibes shop website, it’s called Crystal Healing Volumes 1-3 by Katrina Raphaell – I’ve added a link to the first book. Katrina really goes in depth with each of her books and I have so much love, gratitude and respect for all the knowledge that she shared.

Ultimately, as much as these online courses offered lots of useful information and flexibility – I just wasn’t sure if I could commit to it fully.

The thing with online courses is (they’re great, don’t get me wrong) – sometimes the information doesn’t stick, at least for me.

Also because it’s so convenient, I mean you’re learning online and from home – distraction and laziness ensues. Go figure!

But if I commit to getting up every weekend; showering, dressing up, driving and attending an actual class, learning from an actual person and partnering up with different people in your class, then the information sinks in a lot more.

So I decided it would be best to learn in person and went with the highly venerated Rev. Patricia Bankins who just so happened to be offering her 8 week course on Trans Crystal Therapy. She is the founder and owner of The Crystal Matrix here in Los Angeles, CA.

Update 6/12/18: I completed the 8 week course and my final on June 9th, 2018. I am officially a Certified Trans Crystal Therapist⭐

To tell you the truth, I really don’t know what compelled me to start learning all of this.

The only thing I can really think of is that I needed to heal parts of myself so I can be better qualified to assist others with their own healing, even though I really don’t consider myself a ‘healer’. You can read more about it here on my personal blog.

Also, when I started Metaphysical Vibes – my initial goal was to have an online crystal shop, make money and hopefully quit my fulltime job. Needless to say, the crystals wanted me to experience something beyond those superficial desires.

I have learned so much about the chakras and the corresponding crystals or stones, sensing and feeling the aura, acupuncture points, meridians and so much more. I even witnessed a girl in my class experience an intense emotional release through it.

I’m pretty certain that the crystals lead me to this point so I could be in service to others on a deeper level.

I have so many teachers to thank really, but I will save it for another blog post.💖

So we’ll see where this goes!

If you are in Los Angeles and want to learn Trans Crystal Therapy; I believe Patricia offers TCT Level 1 & 2 once a year. Visit The Crystal Matrix for more information.

Takeaway:

In short, if you want to learn crystal healing or crystal therapy, you’ll have to decide how you want to learn. Trust that you’ll pick whatever is right for you.😊

Taking an online course is definitely easier as it gives direct access to those who may not have access to these courses in their local area.

But if you would rather learn in person like I did, then start searching for a local teacher. You can also read books on the subject, and you can also ask someone who is a crystal healer or crystal therapist how they learned.

 

 

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Everything Takes Time to Grow and Evolve

Everything takes time to grow and evolve…

especially us humans.

As I think about how to grow my crystal shop online through writing content, sharing it on social channels, SEO, etc., I started pondering how long it took for crystals to grow into the beautiful crystalline beings they are now.

In comparison, crystal growth takes A LOT longer than human consciousness. It ONLY took our Earth 4 BILLION+ years to be where she is now and I’m pretty sure she’s not done.

So why is it so hard to just be patient with ourselves?

Why is it so hard to just ‘be’ where we are right now?

Because humans have this innate desire to create and be something; I believe we are descendants of a higher intelligence that coded this into our existence. There’s even a few scientific articles that states we have alien DNA in our bodies. Is it a possibility that these aliens are actually us?👽

But I digress.

I ask these questions because I am the same exact way. Sometimes I am impatient and a bit hard on myself, I want to see results right now.

Ever since I was kid I couldn’t ‘wait’ to be a grownup. I couldn’t wait to get my driver’s license, drive and go places. When I was 15 years old, I couldn’t ‘wait’ to be 18 so I could finally be independent and away from my parents.

My issues sound really mundane, but a lot of us actually think this way.

Just like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars – I was always looking ahead to the future.

And so now looking back at my childhood as an adult, everything seems like a blur. I wasn’t very present, I always wanted to escape somehow.

I guess what I’m trying to say here is 🐢SLOW DOWN🐢 and enjoy the growth process itself.

At times the growth process will fluctuate between fun and exciting to annoying and uncomfortable, but try to ‘be with’ whatever it is you are experiencing right now.

I wish I had done this, but even as I write this I know that people will learn things when the time is right for them to do so.

Living in the age of the internet doesn’t help – we want convenience and instant EVERYTHING.

The more reason to practice patience, self love and gratitude for where you are now.

In some ways, I am glad to have been chosen as a crystal custodian as the crystals will always teach us something. Perhaps that is why they chose me, so I can learn to slow down and enjoy the now, for this exact moment will never be repeated again.

Growth, evolution and healing takes time. Be patient, be kind and most of all loving towards yourself – people will come and go in your life but in the end – you are the only person you have to live with for the rest of your life.

✨May this Amethyst sphere touch your beautiful soul and raise your vibration. It is available for purchase at the Metaphysical Vibes Crystal Shop.

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Before You Speak…Think!

Photo / poster credit: unknown

T – is it TRUE?

H – is it HELPFUL?

I – is it INSPIRING?

N – is it NECESSARY?

K – is it KIND?


Sometimes I have mixed feelings about being in business; like there’s some things I just don’t want to deal with…like people, lol. I have lots of respect for those who work in retail and customer service, they deal with LOTS of people face to face on a daily basis.

That’s probably why I chose an online business, I consider myself to be mostly an introvert who’s good with using the internet, web design and social media stuff.

Another reason why an online business is perfect for me is because I’m really not into showing my face so much, but I’m working on it!

But even then, I’ll still have to deal with someone who is a critic or even worse, a mean person. Every business big or small has to deal with such types, I think. And other times it’s the other way around.

And so that’s why I posted this, as a reminder for myself and others not to lash out if and when someone decides to criticize any of us online. Remember, things stay on the internet for years; you don’t want to look bad by fighting fire with fire – not that fire is bad (I’m actually a fire sign in astrology), but I’m sure you know what I’m getting at here.

Think before you speak.

I’m open to criticism as I believe it can be constructive or even insightful, but if you do – please refer to the image above. Businesses and consumers are just like people in relationships, it definitely goes both ways. No one is perfect and everyone is doing their best.

Thank you!😊

Poster design: Unknown

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Having Too Many Aura Crystals Can Be Dangerous, Here’s Why

I’ll be the first to say that I absolutely LOVE Aura crystals. They’re beautiful, they’re sparkly, shiny and so very pretty…

and that’s EXACTLY what makes them so freakin dangerous.

But before I go any further – what IS an Aura crystal?

An Aura crystal is a crystal – can be Clear Quartz or any variety of the Quartz family – that undergoes a heat or electrochemical treatment where metal combined with oxygen (usually I’m told it’s Titanium Oxide or a mixture of other metals) are permanently bonded to the surface of the crystal; creating a variety ranging from very intense metallic rainbow colors (Rainbow or Flame Aura) to those ethereal, heavenly looking crystals (Angel or Opal Aura) or to the sparkly yet calming blue color that Aqua Aura is known for. And so much more.

They are very popular and attract people who normally wouldn’t be into crystals.

So back to the dangerous part.

Having way too many Aura crystals in one’s collection can be dangerous for a couple of reasons:

1. You may start to miss the whole point of working with crystals in the first place.

Because they’re so pleasing to the eye, one can end up becoming bedazzled by these Aura crystals, so much that you forget about the healing part.

Some even believe that after undergoing an Aura treatment, the crystal no longer holds that same energy it originally had from Mother Earth.

Most statements are highly debatable so it’s better to see for yourself when making a decision to buy. I’ve said this in previous blog posts – it’s important to listen to yourself; just because others have opinions about something doesn’t mean it’s going to be true for you.

2. You’re acquiring crystals based on appearances instead of energy.

There’s nothing wrong with buying something because you find it to be beautiful, but also consider how it feels? This is tied to the first point I’m trying to make by getting caught up with looks instead of personality (or energy).

I believe that Aura crystals DO serve a purpose with their beauty – their gorgeous coloring can definitely stimulate positive, uplifting vibrations.

Color therapy would be a great example of the positive uses of Aura crystals.

But do they heal?

Again, that’s another debatable question and probably depends on the individual. How do you feel about it?

Let’s put it this way – everything that humans create (manmade) – serves a purpose.

Anything from an amazing work of art, to a stuffed animal has the capacity to stir up an emotion from someone.

Even things that we use everyday and probably take for granted have a very specific purpose – cups to hold the water we drink, a car that takes us from point A to B, or a shell you picked up at a beach to have as a souvenir…

So it is the same with an Aura crystal that reminds us of our divine and biological nature, merging as one.

Conclusion:

Pay attention to your feelings when purchasing an Aura crystal. Are you buying something for artificial reasons or are you feeling something off the crystal? No one is shaming you here, this is just something that entered my mind and wanted to write about.

I wrote this blog post because I also tend to get swept away with wanting to buy all the Aura crystals on Instagram or Etsy. So trust me, I can definitely relate! I literally had to unfollow certain accounts on Instagram in order to not spend any more money.

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Buy What You Love, Even If It Is Expensive.

This might be an odd topic to write about on here, but I feel that it needs to be addressed.

When you have a business, often times you will be criticized for being too pricy or expensive. Even a small business like myself has already gotten a couple of comments about it. This becomes normal as you expose yourself to the public more and more; they’ll be sure to leave comments on Facebook, Instagram, Yelp, etc. And that’s totally fine; everyone have a right to express their thoughts…it is the internet after all.

I suppose I could talk about all the expenses that I’ve accumulated to have this business up and running (especially in California), but that’s probably boring and irrelevant to you so I won’t. Besides, I chose to have those expenses and I am confident that it will be worth it in the long run.

I’ll definitely offer a sale or discount here and there but I won’t lower my prices consistently just because someone is telling me that I’m pricy or expensive. To each their own and setting boundaries on what you will or will not do to make a sale is important.

When I buy crystals from other people (and I do)…if I really want it, I buy it regardless of price. I don’t shame the seller into making them feel that their price is too high, I understand completely that they have to make a profit too. We ALL have to make a profit. I mean, that’s the WHOLE point of having a business right? Doing what we love AND making a profit from it; otherwise what’s the point of being in business if we’re not going to thrive? It’s too much energy and effort.

Amazon and Walmart are able to sell stuff for cheap because they are mega giants and are in a capitalist/competitive mindset. Small businesses are not, at least not me.

So this is me just putting it out there to anyone who happens to be reading this:

Buy what you love, even if it is expensive. Would you value it just as much if you bought it for cheap?

Don’t get me wrong; I also look for lower priced crystals and stones on occasion. But it also largely depends on its energy.

I’m reading a book about creating money and one of the concepts it talks about is this:

If you spend money without joy or love, out of obligation, resentment or worry, or with a feeling that you cannot afford what you buy, it will keep you out of the abundant flow of money.

If you buy things that you truly want with joy, your abundance will open up even more; it sends a message to your subconscious that you are deserving of such things.

I hope this gives you, the reader, some perspective.

And no, I’m not trying to convince you to buy crystals from me (although, I’d love it if you do and only if you see a crystal or stone that vibes with your personal energy).⚡

I’m also not saying that you should always buy expensive things and go into debt; rather, treat yourself every now and then to something that you really want, regardless of the price. If you know it will make you happy then go for it.

I chose to post a photo of this stunning Pyrite mineral since the day I wrote this is Thursday, day of the planet Jupiter; a planet associated with expansion. It is available for purchase here.

Also here is a link to the book I’m currently reading – Creating Money: Attracting Abundance by Sanaya Roman