02 Dec Curiouser and Curiouser: Going Down The Crystal Rabbit Hole
By Cindy Harley
Happy Holiday Season Spiritual Seekers,
It is the holiday season—the season that starts with Halloween and ends with New Year’s. Where there never seems to be enough time to do everything that you need to have done. All the baking, visiting, shopping, talking, worrying about money, etc.
As an adult, the holiday season can sometimes seem to be just a period of thinking, “How am I going to do it all?”
This year, I am making conscious choices about how I spend my time, energy, and money. It is so easy to be caught up in the excitement of the next shiny object or trend. I know I am guilty of it. We are bombarded on all sides by people wanting to sell us something or someone telling us about their theory of everything. I love to follow up on some of the theories. Just like Alice, I call it going down a rabbit hole.
Sparks of Curiosity
Have you ever felt like you go down rabbit holes? What I mean is that you find some topic that really interests you, such as crystals or Human Design, etc. (It could even be starting a cat café.), and BOOM you are falling down the vortex of trying to find out all the information on the topic. Sometimes you end up changing your lifestyle because of something you read or heard.
We will all find things that light us up and stimulate our curiosity and desire to learn. I have been on a spiritual quest for a long time (think over 40 years). I have found lots of rabbit holes (things that just spark a curiosity), and I need to find out more information. I will purchase classes, read as many books as I can, attend New Age fairs, and find a specialist in that topic.
Just like Alice in Wonderland, we need to look at everything with curiosity and not necessarily get dragged down in our attempts to find “the meaning of life.” Even if it is fun and exciting to find the newest trend, we need to flex our discernment chops. We do not have to believe everything we hear or see. We need to explore with curiosity and discernment.
Discovering Crystals: How and Why to Use Them
One of the sparkly things I have chosen to explore is the use of crystals. Crystals are so shiny, and they bring me such joy. Of course, this is the season of joy (every day should be the season of joy). Now you may be asking, “Is there anything that crystals could possibly help me with?” Over the next few posts (at least), we are going to be discovering more and more about how and why to use crystals.
First, let’s put your mind at ease but keep our curiosity piqued. Crystals are a tool and a friend. Crystals have been used and/or honored throughout history. They were on the breastplate of Aaron (Old Testament, brother of Moses). Cleopatra used precious stones as jewelry and as makeup. There are historical records of buildings made of crystals. Ancient cultures used native minerals in their ceremonies.
So what are crystals? Britannica defines them as “any solid material in which the component atoms are arranged in a definite pattern and whose surface regularity reflects its internal symmetry.”
Quartz crystals are used in watches and clocks. Crystals have scientifically proven characteristics. They are part of the mineral kingdom, and they exhibit a stable structure that can help bring us to a stable place.
As a personal example, after I came back home from overindulging at a family dinner (I had a tummy ache), I thought that I may have too much energy in my system. My body was trying to digest both the food and the energies of being around many people. It was a wonderful meal and very nice to see family, but it was a tax on my system.
I examined where I was feeling the pressure. Again, I had a tummy ache. It was centered around my Solar Plexus, and I decided to find “yellow” crystals: a natural Congo citrine double-terminated wand and a tiger iron palm stone. I pointed the wand at my Solar Plexus and did counterclockwise circles around my midsection, hoping to release the extra energy or help integrate the energy.
I held the tiger iron in my left hand and then placed it in my lap. I needed to ground my energy. Tiger iron is a combination of golden tiger eye, red jasper and black hematite. I chose this as my grounding stone to help my energy ground back into my body and the earth. After my meditation with the crystals, I held onto the tiger iron to help keep my energy grounded and kept it by my bedside while I slept.
In case you were wondering, my tummy did calm down and my energy system did relax. I was able to get a good night’s sleep, and I felt wonderful the next day.
Crystals are our mineral kingdom allies. When we use them with discernment and gratitude, they can help bring our personal energy into alignment with their stable energy.
Crystals, to me, are more than just pretty, shiny objects. They are gifts from Mother Earth. They can be allies. There is nothing wrong with just enjoying crystals because of their beauty. There was something that connected you to the crystal—it could have been the structure, it could have been the size, it could have been that the crystal “spoke” to you on a subtle level. If a crystal has a rainbow inclusion, I sense it is actually speaking directly to me.
Over the next few blog posts, I will be going over some exercises you can do with your crystals to help you align with the vibration of the crystal.
Exercise: Getting To Know Your Crystal
Intuitively choose one of your crystals.
Remember, we are going to connect in a grounded way and explore with curiosity. To help you ground and open, here is a short meditation (“Creating Divine Connection” Breathwork, Flow, Ease, Deep Release) from Birchlight Energy that you may choose to listen to while holding your crystal.
It is time to get to know the crystal. For a period of three days, take this crystal with you wherever you go.
Take time daily to meditate with your crystal. Hold it in your non-dominant hand during the meditation. Go into the meditation with curiosity and no preconceived notions. Invite the crystal to be your friend and ally. During your meditation, make note of any thoughts or images that come to mind. Could they be messages from your new crystal friend? Are the messages letting you know of something you might choose to do to help elevate your vibration? Did you see specific colors? Did a memory come up? If a memory surfaces, acknowledge the memory, note it, and then release it.
Sleep with your crystal. You could sleep with it under your pillow or next to you.
At the end of the three days, take a moment and journal about what you have learned about the properties of the crystal (not just the physical, but how did the crystal make you feel? Did it share messages with you? Did you receive a name?).
Treat the crystal as a friend, ally, and teacher. You may be surprised at what you learn about the crystal and yourself.
The blog of one of my teachers:
For your musical enjoyment from the movie Practical Magic: “Crystal” by Stevie Nicks)
Crystal Blessings and Allow Yourself to BE,
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