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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 spiritual 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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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 here.

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Before You Speak…Think!

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 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.

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 people 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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A Limitless and Infinite Being…But How?

How can we call ourselves “limitless” and “infinite”…if we are stuck in these very limiting and finite human bodies?

Tell me.

I’m writing this post because for a long time, I just didn’t get it.

Hearing spiritual people say things like “we are one” or “we are connected” often left me dumbfounded.

Hearing spiritual people say “you are an infinite and limitless being” confused me even more.

First off what does it all mean…and why do these people talk like that?

So yes, once upon a time I was new and didn’t understand those sayings. They all either sounded like riddles to me or a lot of abstract thinking that I just could not grasp. And rightfully so; I can look back now and say that certain information was presented to me only when my mind was ready to know and receive more.

As of late though, my mind has been taking a back seat. The overuse of logical and analytical thinking can kill the trip we’re on. Use your intution instead.😊

So again, what does this have to do with crystals? Why do I keep writing about this stuff?

Because eventually you will realize that everything IS connected.

Crystals and stones lead to an awareness.

Awareness leads to conscious breathing.

Breathing leads to meditation, meditation leads to a still mind.

A still mind discovers that it is one with the Divine.

The Divine is also us. We are the universe experiencing itself.

Therefore, we are infinite beings…

we are connected, we are One.

It’s complex yet simple at the same time. Our existence is truly a paradox.

How am I so sure of this now?

I really don’t know to tell you the truth, but I’m learning to listen to the inner voice within me. I’m learning to listen to my body and my feelings. I’m learning to listen to the subtleties of energy. Know that you are capable of learning this too.

Surely if none of this stuff resonated with me, I would start to feel fear, confusion and doubt. Something would definitely feel ‘off’ and I would be resistant to receiving such information.

But that has not been the case with me at all as I have continuously over the years been drawn closer and closer to this kind of stuff. And if you’re reading this, then you are too.😊

Welcome to the rabbit hole! You will never see reality the same way ever again.🌀🐰🌀

So what’s next? Where do I go from here? Should I follow you?

Don’t follow me, rather follow whatever it is you’re into. Trust that whatever resonates with you is your truth, trust that whatever you’re into – your hobbies and interests that you don’t make any money off of but enjoy doing anyway – are leading you to your True Self, the real you.

Metatron’s Cube animated gif was created by me.

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The Cosmic Crystal Universe and You✨

When we start incorporating crystals into our lives, expect for things to change.

Everything will most likely look the same on the outside, but your inner world will never be the same.

Expect the unexpected. Expect synchronicity. Expect mind-blowing experiences. Expect for your imagination and intuition to increase. Expect for amazing and wonderful things to happen.

Expect to become One with the Universe.✨

Like today, I wanted to write something useful for this blog…something that people would search for and read.

Well guess what? This blog post has already taken a different turn, a very trippy and metaphysical turn.👁

I was inspired to create a digital drawing to go with this post, and lo and behold…I just wanted to draw spirals and crystals. And now it’s an animated gif.

Spirals have been a theme in my life as of late. When I started this crystal shop a year ago, I had certain expectations of how I thought it was going to be. At first I was sort of comparing myself to other shops, trying to figure out how I would present myself. I realized quickly that comparing myself to others didn’t work for me and needless to say a year later – ALL those expectations have pretty much flown out the door.

Why?

I can’t explain why, but the one thing that I can say for sure is: we are always changing and evolving.

Who we were last year isn’t who we are today and right now in this present moment I am the same person but at the same time completely different. A lot can truly happen in a year for you and I.

The Rabbit Hole is a Spiral🌀

When you start getting into metaphysical / spiritual stuff, you will definitely start to hear the term ‘rabbit hole’ more frequently.

If you’ve watched Alice in Wonderland as a kid, then you’ll remember that Alice follows the white rabbit and falls into a hole that basically takes her into another dimension, another reality where nothing is like her ‘real life’ at all.

That’s what life has been for me lately, not so much a hole but more of a spiral.

I say spiral because we as humans tend to revisit moments in our lives, more commonly known as the past or the future. But if we stop viewing time as linear, you’ll realize that when you’re remembering something or someone from your past you’re literally spiraling back to that moment but at the same time moving forward and positioned a little bit higher…just like a spiral or even better…a tornado spiral.🌀

You’re now looking back at something from a different perspective and gathering information from a higher and more evolved version of yourself.

What does any of this have to do with crystals?💎

Everything and nothing. The crystals and stones are one of many helpers from our beautiful earth that can assist us in expanding our consciousness; they are tools, allies, friends, teachers.

Conclusion

Open your mind and your heart, know that you are a limitless being existing here right now for a reason. Get to know yourself and enjoy the journey, there is so much depth within you.💖

If you want to browse our selection of unique crystals and stones, visit Metaphysical Vibes.

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How to Meditate with a Crystal or Stone

Let’s face it, crystals are very popular right now so there’s probably lots of online articles out there on how to meditate with crystals. This one is no different.

And I’ll be very honest with you – I’m writing this so that my crystal shop website can reap the SEO benefits. In the marketing and SEO world, they say that writing relevant blog content will increase your search engine results. So this is my attempt.

And who knows? This little article might benefit someone so I might as well write something. Writing this out will definitely help my brain out too.😊

So here we go!

First of all, why even include crystals in your meditation? Why can’t you just, I don’t know…meditate?

It’s true, you can most certainly meditate without the help of crystals. You don’t need crystals to start your meditation practice.

But I’ve also learned that quieting your mind, just breathing and being present can actually be challenging at first, at least it was for me. Us humans need some assistance from the mineral kingdom – who’ve spent thousands of years growing in silence in the womb of Mother Earth.💎

Through a guided meditation, crystals and stones can really take your meditations to the next level!

A guided meditation is just that – meditating with a guide. All you do is sit back, relax and go into your inner world while someone is guiding you.

One of my favorite meditation teachers is Jessica Snow. She opened me up to my own world, and helped me to rediscover my true self. You can check out her website here.

If you are lacking in funds for a guided meditation, I’m sure there’s an abundance of them on YouTube. But if you’ve arrived here and you’re actually reading this, then start here.😊

So here’s a simple way to meditate with a crystal:

💎 Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for at least 5-10 minutes. Feel free to set an alarm on your phone.

💎 Grab the crystal or stone that you want to meditate with.

💎 Holding your crystal in your non-writing hand, sit on a chair with both feet planted on the floor or sit on the floor with your back straight and your legs crossed – whatever’s comfortable for you.

💎 Close your eyes, breathe in and out for a few minutes, paying attention only to your breathing.

💎 While breathing, be aware of the crystal you hold in your hand. Observe with your eyes closed how the crystal feels in your hand and ask it for whatever you need help with.

💎 Continue breathing and holding the crystal. Take note of any intuitive messages you are receiving if any, write it down so you can refer to it later.

💎 You’re pretty much done once your alarm goes off, but if you’d like to keep going feel free to hit the ‘snooze’ on your phone.

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That’s it! Congratulations, you just meditated with a crystal!😃 How did it feel? Good, I hope!😊

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If you really want to step up your crystal meditation, here are 2 bonus steps that will really help take you to that sacred, otherworldly, metaphysical dimension:

✨ Once you’ve found your quiet space, cleanse or smudge that area first with smoke using Sage or Palo Santo. If you have neither, then work with incense. If you have none of these, then project a thought affirming that the space is energetically clean.

Smudging your space clears out any unwanted energies with sacred smoke, but your intention will work just as good. 

✨ Before starting your meditation, ground by breathing in and out while imagining yourself connecting to the core of the earth. Most people imagine roots coming down from their body or a rope with a really heavy anchor or even a beam of light that has sparkles around it. Have fun and use your imagination. Doing this will keep you anchored on the earth plane, so you don’t float away.

If for some reason you weren’t able to quiet your mind when doing the meditation, that’s okay. Keep at it and try again.

The more you meditate, the easier it gets. Anything that you want to get good at takes practice. The fact that you even want to meditate shows your intention and the crystal will certainly help you achieve positive results as they are intelligent like that.

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How to Break Through a Creative Block with Crystals

So I’m having a major creative block today. It’s gloomy and cold out here and even though today is Tuesday, a day associated with the planet Mars which is supposed to be all about action and energy – I don’t feel so motivated or action-oriented.

I want to crawl into bed and sleep, or read a good book then fall asleep. Then wake up and do absolutely nothing, or sit on the couch and scroll through Instagram and ‘like’ stuff.

Unfortunately, I can’t. I have a fulltime job and so I’m in front of the computer writing, thinking, trying to force some kind of creativity. If you’re a creative type then I know you can relate!

Creativity however, is not just limited to those ‘creative types’ that we normally think of – artists, designers, writers, musicians, etc. All of us, including the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms are in a constant state of creation.

But still, we all experience blocks.

How to Break Through a Creative Block with Crystals💎

Here is a quick and easy way to start generating ideas using the assistance of a crystal, stone or even fossil:

Step 1: Whatever crystal or stone you have with you, take it out and hold it. Metaphysical teachers often say that for the best results, use your receptive hand.

For example, I write with my right hand so my left hand would be the receptive hand.

Step 2: While holding the crystal take a deep breath in, exhale and ask it to help you get inspired. You can even hold it up to your third eye / brow area if you want, as long as no one’s looking of course.😉

If you don’t have anything with you, then search online for the first thing that pops into your mind, don’t spend too much time searching; trust that the first one you think of IS the crystal, stone or fossil you’re supposed to work with for this simple exercise.

Step 3: Spend a few minutes contemplating this crystal or stone (in my case, this large, gorgeous and iridescent Ammonite fossil). Observe its physical details – color, shape, any interesting characteristics that stand out to you; contemplate how long it took to grow and evolve and how far it actually traveled to get into your hands.

Step 4: Start writing in your notebook, journal or your blog – whatever you have in front of you.

Step 5: Thank the crystal or stone for helping you.

I want to add that maybe you might not instantly start getting ideas right away, it might happen now or maybe even later; either way give it time and be patient with yourself. Keep trying.

It’s easy to get caught up in ourselves, it’s easy to get swept away with what’s happening on social media, news, politics, etc.

We follow too many people thinking we’re going to get inspired by them when in reality we become overloaded with information and so we end up losing our very own selves, the very essence of who we are.

Thankfully we can use crystals, stones or just about anything from nature to inspire us or get us back to our center. I know I definitely need to, as I work in graphics & marketing by day – I need to constantly have fresh ideas coming in.

You can purchase this Extra Large Iridescent Ammonite Fossil here.

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Metaphysical Vibes’ Crystal Muse: Angel Aura Quartz✨✨✨

I have to admit – I have a hard time writing on here. I really want to write more but I’m much more comfortable writing my thoughts over at my art and personal blog: Save the Savages.

But I’ve also read a lot of articles on marketing your business online and a lot of them say that if you’re feeling stuck with handling different aspects of your business – start with what you’re good at.

And so what am I good at? I consider myself pretty good with creating graphics and visual content so that’s exactly what I did with the animated gif below.

I told myself that I would blog for Metaphysical Vibes today, even though I don’t know what to say as I still don’t think I’m a crystal expert at all nor will I ever be. But I don’t want to wait until I’m an expert because by then, I might already be dead!💀

We have to try to do things now even if you or I feel that we’re not super good at it. What really counts is that you’re passionate about it, as there is never a perfect time to start anything.

As the popular saying goes – it’s time to get out of your comfort zone.

I will say one thing though: Angel Aura Quartz has a special place in my heart. I didn’t think I would love this metal-coated crystal, but it seems as if it has become my personal and business muse; very much like a beautiful friend that inspires and uplifts you.

And so I found myself creating this gif today because I wanted to add original content on this blog.

When I think of Angel Aura Quartz I think of beauty, inner peace, upliftment and inspiration from the higher realms, a truly positive and high vibration crystal. Perfect that Quartz is able to bond to such a treatment because they seem to truly go together, as Quartz amplifies those beautiful and positive thoughts.✨

The Angel Aura Quartz featured in this post has sold.

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Sea of Self Love – Transmigration Series by Visual Artist Kamora Jones

How do you imagine the realm of the non-physical, metaphysical realms? Kamora Jones has a way of capturing the unseen worlds, especially with this one.

So beautiful and relaxing, I had to repost this from her Instagram. Check out her art here: https://www.instagram.com/artsoldier77/

You might remember that I posted something of hers a while back here.