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Bringing about a work-life balance

Personally, I believe work should be part of a balanced life, not something separate from it so I prefer the term work-leisure balance. But work-life balance has become an accepted term for the serious imbalances that can occur between work and leisure. If you suffer from this, try this ritual. Before you go to sleep,…

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Personally, I believe work should be part of a balanced life, not something separate from it so I prefer the term work-leisure balance. But work-life balance has become an accepted term for the serious imbalances that can occur between work and leisure. If you suffer from this, try this ritual. [gallery columns="2" link="file" size="medium" ids="6864,6865"] Before you go to sleep, put Merlinite under your pillow. Close your eyes and picture an old fashioned pair of scales with pans on each side hanging from a pivot. On one side picture something that represents your working life. On the other something that represents home or leisure time. They will come to a stop with one pan higher than the other. Add a Merlinite crystal to the higher so that the pans become balanced. Ask, that in the morning, you intuitively know how to find this balance in your life. When you wake, note your dreams or other signals as to how you can re-arrange your life. Wear Merlinite to remind you to seek balance or Turquoise to find creative solutions to balancing your life. [caption id="attachment_6863" align="aligncenter" width="213"] Let the two parts of your life flow together.[/caption] Chakra support system for a balance life: Place a brown crystal on the earth chakra beneath your feet, an orange crystal on your sacral chakra, a pink stone on your heart and a blue stone on your soma chakra. Feel your life coming into balance.

Truth or fiction?

Whenever you want to know whether something is true or not, try this ritual before you go to sleep. It comes from ancient Egypt but was taught to me by my mentor Christine Hartley. It’s always worked for me. Tells me if I’m dreaming true too. At night, place a piece of Merlinite under your…

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Whenever you want to know whether something is true or not, try this ritual before you go to sleep. It comes from ancient Egypt but was taught to me by my mentor Christine Hartley. It’s always worked for me. Tells me if I’m dreaming true too. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6757,6756"] At night, place a piece of Merlinite under your pillow. Close your eyes and picture an old fashioned pair of scales with pans on each side hanging from a pivot. On one side picture something that represents your question. On the other, place the Feather of Ma’at. If the two are balanced it is immediate truth. However, if they come to a stop with one pan higher than the other, there is more work to do. If the Feather is higher, it is illusion. If the symbol is higher, it is wishful thinking or a fiction supported by someone else. Add a Merlinite crystal to the higher so that the pans become balanced. Ask, that in the morning, you intuitively know how to bring the truth to light or into manifestation. When you wake, note your dreams or other signals as to how you can recognise the truth or lay bare the lie. Wear Merlinite to remind you to seek balance or Turquoise to find creative solutions to balancing your life and living in truth.

How do I enrich myself today

If life seems a little flat, try one of these pick me ups When you exercise, take a long walk in nature or go for a run, or eat a piece of chocolate you are stimulating natural antidepressants within your body, bringing your own feel good factor into play. When your body is flooded with…

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If life seems a little flat, try one of these pick me ups When you exercise, take a long walk in nature or go for a run, or eat a piece of chocolate you are stimulating natural antidepressants within your body, bringing your own feel good factor into play. When your body is flooded with endorphins it is impossible to feel impoverished so one of the fastest ways to feel enriched is to take exercise. Make time for twenty minutes each day. Even if it’s only walk to work. It ensures you always feel good. But you can expand this by stroking your favourite crystal in your pocket as you walk. A Citrine expands your inner richness, a Red Jasper enhances your energy, while a Moonstone sends you into a peaceful meditative mindful state. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6572,6571"] A small step: ask yourself: ‘what is the most valuable and enriching thing I could do right now?’ Do it!

The Zodiac Gates rebirth journey

Steven Halpern’s Initiation is the perfect accompaniment to this adaptation of an ancient Egyptian initiation ritual journey. Settle yourself comfortably where you will not be disturbed and ensure that your mobile phone is switched off. It may be easier to record this journey or ask a friend to read it to you. You are standing…

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Steven Halpern’s Initiation is the perfect accompaniment to this adaptation of an ancient Egyptian initiation ritual journey. Settle yourself comfortably where you will not be disturbed and ensure that your mobile phone is switched off. It may be easier to record this journey or ask a friend to read it to you. You are standing before a great doorway with stars and sigils upon it. You leave your physical body and stand up in your ka, your etheric soul body. Neith the Weaver speaks. “I am the things that are, that will be, and that have been. No one has ever laid open the garment by which I am concealed. The fruit which I brought forth was the sun.” You speak the invocation: ‘My cavern is opened, the spirits fall within the darkness.  The Eye of Horus makes me holy. Wepwawet has caressed me, O Imperishable Stars, hide me among you.  May the immortal ones protect me.” You appear before the Interrogator who asks. “Who are you who comes?” You reply. “I am an initiate.” Is your motive pure? It is pure. Is your mind clear? It is clear. Is your heart open? It is open. Are you whole? I am whole. Are you equipped? I am equipped. Are you ready to become Adept? I am ready. Are you ready to be reborn? So be it. As you approach the first gate lay before it your personality and your ego, the constricting small-self. Lay down your I, your sense of individuality, of self. Take your courage in both hands and step through the gate greeting the Ram who guards the gate. Become as an innocent new born soul. As you approach the second gate strip off your clothes and leave them before the gate, putting off the outward appearance that you showed to the world. Leave behind your material possessions, all that you value and hold dear. Hold your head high, take your courage in both hands and step through the gate greeting the Bull who guards the gate. Shorn of all adornment, you are revealed. As you approach the third gate, bring to mind all the names you have been known by.  Lay them before the gate.  Step through with no name greeting the twins who guard the gate. As you approach the fourth gate, lay before it your family, your parents, your partner, your children. Put down all responsibilities. Step through the gate greeting the Scarab who guards the gate. As you approach the fifth gate lay before it your inner appearance, the picture you have of yourself, your feelings of uniqueness, your ego. Step through the gate greeting with humility the Lion who guards it. As you approach the sixth gate lay before it your hopes and wishes for the future. Take your courage in both hands and step through the gate honouring the Corn Maiden who guards it and offering service to the greater good. As you approach the seventh gate lay before it your emotions. Strip yourself bare of feelings. Leave behind all thoughts of vengeance or revenge or love. Take your courage in both hands, step through the gate as an innocent soul and greet the Scorpion goddess who guards it. At the eighth gate leave your past behind you, let your programming fall away, your patterns dissolve, slough off your karma and your ancestors. Leave your thoughts and questions behind and step through the gate with a quiet mind greeting the Centaur who guards it. As you reach the ninth gate, leave behind all the rules you have lived by, the mores you followed, and your place in society. Step through the gate as a homeless soul. Greet the Seagoat who guards the gate. A the eleventh gate lay before it your etheric self.  Fly forth in your ba, the soul bird. Pass across the flowing water borne in the great Henu boat of Spirit. The great heart beat of time pauses. Pure spirit, all that Is. Such peace, blissful, bathed in light.  In all things, of all things, no separation now.  Light eternal. Spirit unceasing. No time passes in eternity. At the twelfth gate, leave your akhar, your soul essence. And step through the final gate of the interwined fishes, into the deepest level of the Duat to meet Thoth, the recorder of souls. Your heart is being weighed against the feather of Maat.  Divine Justice. It balances perfectly. Enter into the presence of the Lord Osiris.  Lay an offering before him. Petition for a good rebirth. A great green God, sprouting corn from every orifice. But what is this? The Lord Osiris is stepping back. In his place his brother, Set. Redheaded, unrelenting and black of heart, he holds the boundary between chaos and order, between what has been and what might be. He is challenging you. Have you let go of all you were? Will you be all that you may be? Is there another way for you? Another purpose? What must you do to be all that you can be? Are you ready to awaken to a new consciousness, to follow your soul? Are you ready to be different? Imhotep steps forward. He is unrolling the karmic blueprint of your soul with its etheric overlay from which your new body will be made. With his help you can correct any flaws or blockages, imperfections and imprints that have crept in over many lifetimes. Return the DNA to its perfect state. Correct the blueprint until it is perfect. You are being moulded, shaped like clay.  You are on Ptah’s wheel and he is breathing you back to life. Shaping you in accordance with the new etheric blueprint, imprinting a new soul purpose, a new way of being. Remember to incorporate the answers you gave to the Lord Set. “Go forth with blessings, my child,” the Lord Osiris sends you on your way. Power pours into you. The portal bursts open. You are reborn into sunlight. “To me belongs everything, and the whole of it has been given to me.  I went in as a falcon.  I came out as a phoenix; the Morning Star has made a path for me, and I enter in peace in to the beautiful East.  I have been in the Garden of Osiris, and a path is made for me so that I may go in and worship Osiris the Lord of life.” Stand up and go forth into the light. Slowly bring your awareness back into the room. Take a few deep breaths. Move your hands and feet and ensure that you are rooted and grounded on the earth plane once more.

Journey to the Crystal Cave

At eve, when all is still, Save the soft-sighing wind or evening bird, How the home voices through my spirit thrill, Till all its depths are stirred.           The Language of Gems, Miss H.J. Woodman I’d like to share one of my favourite meditations with you. The journey to the crystal cave. I have practised…

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At eve, when all is still, Save the soft-sighing wind or evening bird, How the home voices through my spirit thrill, Till all its depths are stirred.           The Language of Gems, Miss H.J. Woodman I’d like to share one of my favourite meditations with you. The journey to the crystal cave. I have practised it for over forty five years and never tire of it. The cave constantly expands and takes me to a new part of myself and All That Is. Allow plenty of time for this meditation and ensure that you will not be disturbed. You may like to play a favourite piece of music to accompany the journey (there’s some great water sounds on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJaZc4E8Y4U or, with piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dzdJNWBEpQ) An Amethyst geode helps you to focus on the cave but it is not essential – you can use an Amethyst crystal or the photograph of the geode instead. If you have a big Amethyst geode that is too large to hold, place it on a table in front of you. Otherwise hold the crystal in your hand. [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="medium" ids="6125,6127"] The Meditation Sit comfortably and gaze gently at your Amethyst (or use the photograph above). Let your eyes roam all around it. Use softly focused eyes. When you can remember its contours, close your eyes. Without opening your eyes, look up to the point above and between your eyebrows: your ‘third eye’. Feel this eye open. Breathe gently and withdraw your attention from the outside world, focusing it deep inside yourself. Hold your Amethyst in whichever hand feels comfortable or place your hands on it and be aware of its vibrations radiating up your arm and into your third eye at the centre of your forehead, feel it opening and expanding your inner awareness. Now picture yourself standing on the bank of a wide river that is flowing gently to the sea. Upstream in the far distance you can see high blue mountains and, at their foot, a shining lake. In front of you there is a small wooden jetty with a boat tied up beside it. A boatman is waiting to help you into the boat. When you have settled yourself comfortably, he casts the boat off and takes the boat upstream moving quickly against the current. You can see the banks passing by and soon the river opens out into a beautiful lake. [caption id="attachment_6126" align="aligncenter" width="300"] www.mrwallpaper.com[/caption] As you cross the lake, you can see a narrow river is coming down from the mountains and flowing into the lake. The boatman takes you as far up this river as it is possible to go. He ties the boat up and helps you out onto a rocky ledge.   [caption id="attachment_6131" align="aligncenter" width="284"] c. www.wallpaperup.com[/caption] Follow this ledge up into the mountains, as it twists and turns you can see light shining in front of you until you enter crystal cave. The cave is a huge amethyst geode, light flickering from every point. Find a comfortable place to settle yourself and allow yourself to merge with the energy of the Amethyst, enfolded within the geode. Let your spirit become one with the infinity of being. Ask the Amethyst to show you your soul path.  *** When you have found your soul path, ask to be shown the guides and helpers who surround you in the unseen world. Ask them how they help you and set out any specific requests you have for assistance. *** Then let your spirit become one with the infinity of being. Be aware of how ancient the crystal is, how it is light personified and the divine taking on form.  Let your spirit become one with the infinity of being. Let go. Expand into All that Is. Simply merge and Be. *** When you are ready to leave the crystal cave, withdraw into yourself once more but retain your connection to the whole through the Amethyst in your hand. Make your way back down the ledge to where the boatman waits for you. Settle yourself in the boat and allow him to quickly propel the boat back down the narrow river and the wide shining lake. In front of you, you see the river you set out from and soon the boat is tying up at the bank. Thank your boatman for the journey and make your way back onto the bank. When you have finished the journey, thank the crystal for its light and your guides and helpers and ask that they be always with you. And let the light crystalise at the outer edges of your aura, protecting you within a bubble of light. Take your attention down to your feet. Be very aware of the contact they make with the earth. Feel them holding you and grounding you on the earth and into your body. Then, when you are ready, open your eyes. This exercise can be further expanded on future occasions by checking out whether there are any areas of the cave you have not visited, especially at the higher levels. Look out for hidden doorways and narrow tunnels. Explore whatever you find there – asking for a light to show the way. When you become proficient you could extend your journey by taking a crystal space shuttle to explore our galaxy and beyond. [caption id="attachment_6130" align="aligncenter" width="300"] www.tumblr.com[/caption] All the luminous the coloured spectacles which the world in the immensity of space can offer us, nature has produced in miniature amongst precious stones. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, 1875 The Amethyst journey is one of self-exploration. If you wish to make a journey to abundance and inner joy, then a Citrine geode would be appropriate. [caption id="attachment_6128" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Citrine geode c. Judy Hall[/caption]

Preseli Bluestone: The Stonehenge Stone

This is another of the articles written The Other Side internet magazine. But Preseli Bluestone is such a fascinating stone I thought it deserved a wider audience, so here it is. Sacred Preseli Preseli Bluestone is an amazing stone. It must have been for the builders of Stonehenge to transport it 150 miles from its…

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[caption id="attachment_5939" align="alignleft" width="300"] c. Jeni Campbell www.angeladditions.co.uk[/caption] This is another of the articles written The Other Side internet magazine. But Preseli Bluestone is such a fascinating stone I thought it deserved a wider audience, so here it is. Sacred Preseli Preseli Bluestone is an amazing stone. It must have been for the builders of Stonehenge to transport it 150 miles from its home in the Preseli Mountains several thousands of years ago. It was the first stone planted at the iconic circle, way pre-dating the huge sarcen uprights. A spotted Dolorite, Bluestone is highly paramagnetic, a beautiful night skyscape when polished but incredibly powerful when left in the raw. I’d like to share with you a journey I took to the source of the Bluestones and its consequences. As you can see, the site is pretty stunning. These massive shards naturally lend themselves to standing stones as they cleave off naturally. And I’d also like to introduce two friends of mine: Morganna and Gawain. Both carved from Preseli Bluestone. They assist me in fulfilling one of the stone’s greatest powers: that of Earth Healing. [gallery link="file" size="medium" ids="5946,5937,5935"] Preseli Bluestone Bluestone is unique. It has high paramagnetic resonance and a distinctive appearance. Bluestone reconnects to your ancient knowing, helping you to live in harmony with the earth and everything on it. It expands your senses, taking you beyond the everyday and into the metaphysical realms where perception is sharper. You see the world with different eyes when you connect to Bluestone and its sacred sites. Carrying immense healing energy and forming a doorway to other dimensions, Preseli Bluestone helps you connect to earth energies and the wisdom of the Celtic Druidic peoples. Placed on the soma chakra or base of the skull, Bluestone assists you to move beyond time to access the past or future. It links to the magical, archetypal Merlin energy that brings out the shaman in everyone and is excellent for multi-dimensional journeying. [caption id="attachment_5938" align="alignleft" width="300"] Polished Bluestone, c. Michael Illas for The Crystal Wisdom Oracle[/caption] Bluestone is strongly connected to the telluric or dragon currents of the Earth  which spiral out from the Preseli Mountains. This current can be harnessed for personal and earth healing.  Holding Bluestone increases your sensitivity to vibrations and heightens your awareness of crystal, meridian or sound frequencies. It opens all your metaphysical senses. By balancing the meridians and restoring energetic harmony, Bluestone creates unshakeable core stability for the physical and energetic bodies. Placed over the thymus (higher heart chakra centre of the upper chest) it strengthens the psychic immune system. At the base of the skull, it harmonizes the brain stem and activates the hippocampus, an inner compass that assists direction-finding and orientating yourself in the physical world. [Extracted from Crystals and Sacred Sites.] The Soma Chakra Preseli Bluestone activates the Soma Chakra, located at the hairline above the third eye. A higher resonance of the third eye, when activated the soma chakra opens metaphysical awareness and visionary ability. The chakra also links to the angelic realms and spirit guides. It has to do with perception of the cycles of time and awareness of the workings of synchronicity. When this chakra is functioning well it gives you the mental clarity necessary to achieve en-lighten-ment and promotes lucid dreaming. It unites the pituitary gland that governs physical function with the pineal, transcendent spiritual awareness. However, when this chakra is blown it is all too easy for discarnate spirits to attach or for you to be subject to involuntary out-of-body experiences that may literally blow your mind. [Extracted from Crystal Prescriptions 4: the chakras and kundalini]. In the footsteps of the ancestors: the journeying stone I was first introduced to the Bluestones at Stonehenge as a teenager in the 1950s. In those days you could wander the site freely and I recall sitting on one of the recumbent stones watching the British army help to crane one of the huge lintels back into place on top of the sarcen uprights to recreate the trilithons. Yes, Stonehenge has been reconstructed – as accurately as possible and quite openly so don’t believe all the ‘it’s a scurrilous secret’ rubbish you read on the internet. Salisbury Museum recently held an exhibition showing how it was done. You can’t get more open and mainstream than that. I assumed everyone got the shivery tingles when they sat on the recumbent stones. Electric shocks were shooting through me. As though I’d been plugged into a light socket. But the friend who sat beside me looked at me rather strangely when I mentioned it. (I became very familiar with that response as my relationship with crystals grew.) Here are two pics from one of the more sensible sites (http://www.amazfacts.com/2013/01/stonehenge-construction-in-1954-108-pics.html.) [gallery link="file" columns="2" size="full" ids="5944,5943"] I’m not going to say much about Stonehenge as you can read all about it in my Crystals and Sacred Sites book. But I will say that Bluestone plugged into chalk makes a potent battery – and share with you a picture my daughter took on our winter solstice trip to the stones in 2013. Can you spot the guardian on the lefthand side? I always ask the permission of the guardian before entering a sacred site. The Preseli Bluestones are now within the circle itself, although they originally formed an outer ring: [caption id="attachment_5942" align="alignleft" width="300"] Stonehenge Guardian. The bluestones are to the right. c. Jeni Campbell www.angeladditions.co.uk[/caption] Journey to the source Compasses go crazy in the Preseli Mountains particularly at the Carn Menyn outcrop from which the bluestones of Stonehenge were sourced. It is a place of ancient healing, sacred in its own right as a healing site for thousands of years as its archaeology and mythology attest. The whole site is riddled with geomagnetic anomalies and powerful telluric earth currents which add power to the stones – and with evidence of ancient mans’ sacred building activities. This is an immensely old landscape where the power of the gods and the elements is instantly visible. Stand on top of the ridge and watch a storm roll in from the sea, be encompassed in cloud and mist, lashed with wind and driving rain and you know the power of nature in all its awesome rawness. As you do when the fiery sun shines out again and a rainbow bridges the heavens with the earth. It truly is an awesome place. As I found out when I journeyed there with astrologer Chris Mitchell on a celebratory walk to mark the end of our Masters studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. It was the end of a traumatic four years for me. The astrological Saturn Return with its question ‘are you on the right path’ had passed. And I was not, and so I’d left behind a life that was not for my highest good but not yet found the new pathway. I’d finished my Jupiter return but that had got swallowed up in the disagreeable aftermath of Saturn. It was time for a whole new cycle of opportunity to open up. But that wasn’t apparent when Chris and I exited the community bus that had taken us to the start of the Preseli walk. I felt incredibly stuck. It was a typical Welsh August summer’s day. Dark, dank and cold. Reflecting how I felt inside. We were told by the driver as we stepped down ‘the tourist office recommends not to walk the path, it’s closed. It’s too boggy.’ Boggy? On top of a mountain. But yes, it was. Boggy. But exhilarating too. Amazing light and shade, shafts of sunlight, sultry dark clouds, shadows scudding over the hills. A poetic landscape if ever there was one. And besides, our trusty steed was waiting at the end of the nine mile walk. There was no way back, only forward. So it was unfortunate that Chris had left both the map and the GPS locator in the car. We had to find our own way along the Golden Road. So symbolic! The outcrop in the far distance signalled our goal. [caption id="attachment_5940" align="alignright" width="300"] The walk across the Preselis. © Copyright Andrew Howey and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.[/caption] There are Arthurian connections everywhere, it’s no wonder Morganna and Gawain gave me their synonymic names. ‘Beddarthur standing stone circle, Preseli Mountains. The stone circle of Beddarthur lies on the north eastern slopes of Carn Siân in the Preseli Mountains, North Pembrokeshire. The stone circle is adjacent to the ancient trackway known as the 'Golden Road' which runs along the Preseli mountain ridge and passes Carn Menyn. The reputed source of the Stonehenge Bluestones) which can be seen in the distance.‘ [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/258436] It’s a place to brush up on your weather magic. As we looked at the huge black cloud hanging over the Angel Mountain behind us, I laughingly said to Chris, ‘better put up a virtual umbrella and ask that lot to let us pass unscathed.’ It did. Until we opened the car doors on our return. Then it pelted down as though the preceding five hours withheld rain was unloading in one fell swoop. When we looked back, the whole of the top of the mountain was covered in dense cloud. But then, a rainbow appeared. New hope. I came down off the mountain a different person. I still have the pieces of Bluestone I picked up on that walk. One is in the shape of a dragon. A guardian of the hills who now helps me with Earth healing. But who sits quietly beside my Aga, his chosen place. He lets Morganna, his beautifully carved partner, appear to do the work. But he’s always in the background supporting her. A true twinflame. From that journey came my books Crystals and Sacred Sites and Earth Blessings and The Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle which drew on the research I’d been doing during the M.A. An enormous amount of earth-healing work both personal and in workshops has followed. I turned from something of a recluse into someone who now facilitates crystal workshops almost every weekend. I must have interacted with hundreds of people in the intervening period. Plus I’ve made a very deep reconnection with Gaia, Mother Earth – and a great many of her crystal gifts. I put it down to the Bluestone effect. The Bluestone journey (from Crystals and Sacred Sites) [caption id="attachment_5941" align="alignleft" width="200"] Raw Bluestone, c. Michael Illas for The Crystal Wisdom Oracle[/caption] If you want to experience the power of the sacred and reconnect to Mother Earth, you can link to these ancient sites and to the personal and earth healing that they hold with a simple journeying meditation holding a Bluestone or gazing at these pictures by Michael Illas as it has captured the essence of the stone. This journey will put you in touch with ancient healing power that can be used to revitalize yourself and stimulate your creativity and your enthusiasm. This healing energy can also be returned to the Earth as an act of service to planet in its time of need. Preparation Ensure that you will not be disturbed. Switch off the phone and wrap yourself in a blanket. Lying down makes it easier to place the crystal but comfort is more important than position. A drumming CD can help you move into an altered state of consciousness that facilitates this journey. Orientate yourself north-south or east-west depending on the magnetic alignment of your Bluestone, whichever feels most comfortable. The Journey Settle yourself comfortably and close your eyes. Hold your Bluestone in your hands for a few moments while taking deep, slow breaths. As you breathe out let go any tension you may be feeling. As you breathe in feel yourself relaxing deeper and deeper into your connection to the stone and with the ancient sacred earth beneath you.             When you feel ready, place the Bluestone on the soma chakra at your hairline, just above your third eye. Without opening your eyes, look up to your third eye as this helps images to form – if you are using the photograph either gaze at it or print it off and place this on your soma chakra.             Feel the stone lifting you up and transporting you to the Preseli Mountains as they rise up from the bedrock of their Welsh home. The Bluestone knows the way home and its powerful electromagnetic properties quickly teleport you to the rocky outcrop at the top of the mountain. If you are visual, you may well see the mountain coming into view with the sea sparkling beyond it. If you are kinaesthetic, feeling-orientated, you will have a sense of movement and the rushing of air. You land in front of the basin of the sacred spring. Dip your hands into the healing water and drink. In your mind’s eye, picture yourself dipping your Bluestone in the water and replacing it on your third eye. Now find a place to sit amongst the rocks. Be aware of the currents and vibrations that surround you as you sit in this sacred, liminal place that sits at the joining of two worlds: the known and the unknown. It is pre-dawn, the sun has not yet risen in the east but the sky is lightening. As you look out over the land you can see the earth’s grid and the connections to all its sacred sites rolling and spiralling out before you. If any of the lines look ragged or broken, see them magically heal themselves so that the earth’s currents can flow freely once again. *** When you feel ready, follow the energetic path that leads south-east to Stonehenge. Let the stone lift you up and transport you as before. As you fly over the land you will see the River Seven shining below you, pass over it and on eastwards towards the circle on the flat plain that is Stonehenge. When you land the site is complete, mysterious, sacred. Walk the ritual way, follow the cursus, until you reach the entrance to the temple and ask permission to enter. Walk into the centre of the shadowy Temple and place your stone with its healing water on the altar stone. As you make your way to stand in the centre of the Bluestone Horseshoe facing the Heel Stone, all around you music strikes up. The rocks ring out. Voices sound. The people have gathered with you to greet the midsummer dawn. Suddenly a beam focuses and flashes down the centre of the temple striking you in the heart and radiating through your whole body. A roar goes up. The light of the sun has arrived. You are fertilised, made new, healed, reborn. *** When you are ready to leave, the stone will bring you back to your body where it lies waiting for you. The silver cord attached to your soma chakra will reel you back. Settle yourself comfortably in your body. Breathe deeply, stretch your fingers and toes and then get up slowly. Picture a bubble of protection around yourself. Feel the connection your feet make to the earth. Notice how much more in tune with the earth you feel as you walk lightly upon it. How your consciousness has expanded and how your senses are more finely attuned to the beauty that is all around you. [caption id="attachment_5945" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Bluestone portal www.garyllewellyn.com[/caption] Sonia’s experience When doing the Bluestone journey I was taken to a flat ridge which looked out over the surrounding countryside on a misty early morning. Told to look to the sky which turned black, asked to look at the stars and it was explained to me that as long as man has walked as a two legged upon this plane we have looked to the stars and known through this visible evidence that we are not the only ones. This knowing that we are small within the vastness of all that is above has led to our asking the big questions, and some through connection have been given answers that resonate with them and others.  I was then asked to look at the ground and told that EVERYTHING naturally made has purpose for our use. As I looked my attention was drawn to the moss on the Preseli stones, it became vivid green, luminescent, almost as if I were hallucinating. The green became more and more intense and I was able to see every microscopic detail of the plant. Each single cell, the dewdrops sitting on the top of the moss became microscopes and I could look deep into the plant and see every separate filament. EVERYTHING has this much depth, from the tiniest microscopic organism to the largest. Plants, creatures, rocks, crystals all here for our use as medicine, food, shelter and to enable us to access knowledge and understanding both spiritual and material. EVERYTHING has a purpose for our highest use on this plane of existence. [Extracted from Crystals and Sacred Sites: use crystals to access the power of sacred landscapes for personal and planetary transformation] Combating jet lag One of the most useful healing applications I’ve found for Preseli Bluestone is combating jet lag and flight fatigue. I always wear one when I travel so when one of my editors told me a romantic tale of having met her true love whose only drawback was that he lived on the other side of the world, my ears pricked up. She intensely disliked flying so her proposed trip to visit him in New Zealand was causing panic. I immediately sent her a Preseli Bluestone to take with her. Here’s what she said when she returned: ‘I just wanted to write and let you know how I got on with the Preseli bluestone you so kindly sent me. I kept the crystal in my pocket on the flights to New Zealand and slept all the way from Dubai to Sydney (no chance of sleeping earlier, as they kept feeding us). Life had been pretty hectic before I left, so I was tired, but I was literally surrounded by wailing toddlers and babies at that point, so did pretty well to drop off (I think). It took three attempts to land at Wellington due to bad weather and we had to divert to Christchurch at one point, but made it in the end, and amazingly I literally had no jet-lag at all. As I could hardly have travelled further, I thought this was an impressive result. Coming back I had a much more disrupted journey, as we had to refuel at Singapore in the middle of the night, also there was a lot of turbulence and people vomiting, but I slept for about eight hours and felt OK. I did take to going to bed around 3 a.m. for the first week back, but soon stabilised, and decided to send the crystal over to my boyfriend in NZ so he could use it on his journey over. (He's in the air as I write.) This is where it gets really interesting, because as soon as I didn't have the crystal in my possession (mostly pocket), I started feeling tired in the day but wide-awake at night, wasn't hungry in the day but starving at midnight, felt sort of 'stretched' and a bit out of it, etc., etc. - well, classic jet-lag - and this carried on for around two weeks. It's worn off now, but isn't it fascinating? Tony has done long-haul flights many times and says it usually takes him at least a week to 'get round to normal'. He is now flying with the bluestone in his pocket, so I will be intrigued to see whether he feels any different this time.’ He did! And they are now living happily together in one place. Twinflames reunited. Inspiration from the past I first experienced Preseli Bluestone in a metaphysical context several years ago when Simon Lilly, with whom I was having lunch, put a small polished one on my soma chakra. Wow! I was instantly transported to the top of the mountain and did a rapid rerun through many of my past lives to pick up my gifts. Si and his wife Sue were the first people to experiment with this stone after its long absence from our healing compendium. I cannot recommend highly enough their book: Preseli Bluestone: healing stone of the Ancestors. It says it all. The stunning cover was designed by Si and you can find more of his work online at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TreeSeer: And if you want to learn more about the Preseli landscape, then turn to another old friend of mine, archaeoastronomer Robin Heath and his book Bluestone Magic: a guide to the prehistoric monuments of West Wales. Robin lives at the foot of the mountain and truly knows his stones. There are over three hundred elliptical stone circles with astronomical alignments; graves, cairns, prehistoric rock art, sightlines and healing springs in an area that was visited at least 8000 years before Christ. Preseli Bluestone is available from ww.angeladditions.co.uk and from www.exquistecrystals.com Details of all my workshops are to be found here and the Crystal Bible and Crystal Judy Hall Facebook pages. Crystals and Sacred Sites: Buy from Amazon (UK) Buy from Amazon (US)

The Cave of the Amethyst Flame

This is an exercise that I have used with groups and individuals for many years. I have always allowed the crystals and colours to change in accordance with the group’s particular need. So, although this exercise takes you to the Cave of the Amethyst Flame for emotional healing and to find your soul purpose, if…

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This is an exercise that I have used with groups and individuals for many years. I have always allowed the crystals and colours to change in accordance with the group’s particular need. So, although this exercise takes you to the Cave of the Amethyst Flame for emotional healing and to find your soul purpose, if you need the energies of a different colour or vibration, the crystal will change. Allow what will be to be, do not try to change your images. Simply ask that your Higher Self or wise person will guide the exercise in the best way for you. If using an actual crystal, remember to cleanse and dedicate it before use. [caption id="attachment_5674" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Amethyst cave c. Michael Illas[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5675" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Celtic Golden Healer[/caption] Visualisation: Entering the cave of the Amethyst Flame Ensuring that you will not be disturbed, settle yourself comfortably and relax. In your mind’s eye take yourself to a meadow by a river bank. Feel the grass beneath your feet, the gentle sun and warm breeze on your skin, smell the flowers and hear the birds and the rush of the river as it flows towards the sea. At the river bank you will find a boat waiting for you with a boatman to guide you. The boatman will help you into the boat and settle you in the stern. The boat is then propelled up river moving quickly against the current. Soon you will find yourself crossing a placid lake towards some distant hills. As the hills come closer, you will see that a river issues from the wide mouth of a cave. The boatman takes the boat as far as possible into the cave and then ties up and helps you out. There is a path winding up and away from the river. Let your feet take you up this path which is well lit. Ahead of you, you will see light issuing from another cave. When you enter this cave you will see that it is made of Amethyst crystals and the light bounces off the walls, flashing and sparkling to create an Amethyst Flame. Walk into the flame and let it purify and heal your emotions. Absorb the energy into the depth of your being, let it wash away any toxic emotions transforming them into positive, affirmative, joyful feelings. Dance around the cave revelling in these life enhancing feelings. Settle yourself comfortably and spend time with this dancing Amethyst energy, let it tell you your soul’s purpose, give you deeper healing and insight into the causes of your dis-ease, whatever you might need. Know that all around you are other caves made of different crystals. If you need other colours or vibrations, you can move into one of these caves. ……………… When you are ready to leave the cave, pull the Amethyst flame energy around you to make a protective cloak and make your way back to where the boat is waiting. The boatman will cast off and the boat will begin to move quickly downstream, coming out of the cave and across the lake. In the distance you will see the entrance to your river and the meadow bank beside it. The boatman will tie up at your river bank and help you out. Thank the boatman and ask that whenever you wish to return to the cave, the boat will be waiting. Then walk back to your meadow and slowly become aware of your body once again. Bring your attention back into the room. Become aware of your connection with the earth and your grounding cord anchoring you in incarnation.  Get up and stretch.  [Extracted from Good Vibrations.]

The Rainbow Obsidian Journey

A meditation to help you explore your inner depths to release any toxic trash that is holding you back and reveal the previously hidden gifts. Settle yourself quietly and breathe gently, withdrawing your attention from the outside world and into the crystal. Keep your eyes half open and gaze at the bands of your Rainbow…

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A meditation to help you explore your inner depths to release any toxic trash that is holding you back and reveal the previously hidden gifts. [caption id="attachment_5582" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Image copyright rikoo.com, sellers of amazing crystal skulls and other beauties.[/caption] Settle yourself quietly and breathe gently, withdrawing your attention from the outside world and into the crystal. Keep your eyes half open and gaze at the bands of your Rainbow Obsidian or the photograph. Move the crystal slightly so that it catches the best light to show you the coruscating bands. Feel the strength of the crystal in your hand. Let its energy radiate up your arms and into your heart. As you focus on each band let it take you inwards. Allow the bands to move you gently into contact with your deepest self. When you feel ready, place the crystal over your heart for a few moments. *** Ask the crystal to gently let you know what you are holding onto, what it would be beneficial to release. Let it show you any hooks that are in your heart and gently dissolve these, filling the place with fresh energy and forgiveness. Ask the crystal to compassionately show you how your past is affecting your present in any area of your life. *** Then willingly surrender all that no longer serves you, all the pain and emotions, situations and experiences that have weighed you down and held you back. Acknowledge them and let them be drawn into the crystal for transmutation. Let them go with forgiveness in your heart. *** Now ask the crystal to show you the hidden gifts that lay hidden behind that old pain, the qualities you developed and the resources you can draw on. Allow yourself to know how you will use this. *** Ask the crystal if it has any other information for you and wait quietly for the answer. *** Before you begin the return journey, put your attention out to the subtle bodies around your physical body and ask the crystal to draw off and transmute any negative energies or disharmonies, bringing all the subtle bodies into alignment. Then let the crystal draw off and transmute any negative energy, stress or dis-ease in your physical body. Now feel the strong protection from the crystal that wraps around you in layers. Finally, feel the strength of the crystal and its powerful connection to the earth grounding and rooting you into your physical existence, bringing you fully into the present moment. When you feel ready, thank the crystal, open your eyes and move around.

Connecting to the mind of Mother Earth

Each and every one of us is a manifestation of this single Universal Consciousness. There is profound truth in the ancient teaching that we are all One. We are all connected – not only to each other but to all of Nature and to everything in the Universe. This is the Law of One. What…

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Each and every one of us is a manifestation of this single Universal Consciousness. There is profound truth in the ancient teaching that we are all One. We are all connected - not only to each other but to all of Nature and to everything in the Universe. This is the Law of One. What you do to others, you do to yourself. The way you treat Nature, you in fact treat yourself. The separateness you "see" is an illusion of the personality ego. The true nature of reality is non-dualistic, meaning that while things may appear distinct, they are not separate. http://www.mind-your-reality.com/universal_mind.html This is the third journey in the connecting to Mother Earth series. If you were one of the first 100 annual subscribers you will have received a Lumi crystal. If not, use the pictures below or email Jeni at www.angeladditions.co.uk to purchase one. [caption id="attachment_5294" align="aligncenter" width="300"] https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MfnQyDK2h3c/maxresdefault.jpg[/caption] The journey Hold your Lumi crystal or gaze at the picture below. The crystal will transport you to the magical crystal dragon mountain [gallery columns="2" link="file" ids="5300,5297"] Follow the road up to the top of the mountain. Here you will connect to the mind of Mother Earth and to the universal mind, discovering that all are one with your own higher mind. Allow the Lumi to instruct you, to share their thoughts and intentions with you. And to tell you your own lifepath. The Lumi will introduce you to the golden dragon who lives on top of the mountain and his elemental friends. Dance a dance of creation with them. And then allow the Lumi to bring you back to your body. Thank them and ask them to be with you to inspire your future. Settle in and reconnect your feet to the earth. The Lumi [caption id="attachment_5295" align="alignright" width="300"] The Lumi message: Be a lightbearer, be luminescent.[/caption] These unique crystals are from a Welsh mountain. It’s not so much the type of crystal that’s important - although I am still trying to establish exactly what those might be, some are Quartz but others transformed, metamorphosed lead which is very alchemical - but rather the beings that inhabit the crystals. They have made themselves known as ‘the Lumi’, star beings of light who wish to assist our planet. Rather like the Azez, they uplift the vibrations of any stone they inhabit. They have chosen Celtic Quartz and various other crystals from the mountain to be their home here on Earth. Their sparkle and iridescent is quite extraordinary, a subtle cross between Ananadalite and Rainbow Mayanite, and equally difficult to photograph successfully. It’s almost as though they shimmer between two worlds – or should that be multi-dimensions? They most certainly help you to journey between the worlds. [caption id="attachment_5293" align="alignleft" width="300"] First meeting: Philae Temple, Aswan, Egypt.[/caption] Their coming to light has a somewhat protracted history. When Terrie Celest and I were first in Egypt a few years ago now, it was clear that light was trying to communicate with us. I wrote several blogs on this, see my website. Then when we went to the crystal mountain these crystals were sparkling up at us from the ground beneath our feet. And beings beaming down at me from the photos I took at the time. The penny finally dropped. More blogs resulted. When working with them in The Spiritual Magic of Mother Earth workshop at The College of Psychic Studies it was clear that they have a powerful connection to the universal mind and cosmic consciousness. An advanced form of consciousness that I know I’ve met before in ancient Egypt and no doubt elsewhere. Friends returned.’ I look forward to exploring further with them and hearing your own adventures in consciousness.

Connecting to the womb of Mother Earth

The Earth is a single, self-regulating system with all the tools necessary to maintain equilibrium and support life. In other words, Earth is a conscious, living entity with amazing potential to self-heal. Judy Hall Earth Blessings This is the second journey into the body of Mother Earth. This one goes into her creative centre to…

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The Earth is a single, self-regulating system with all the tools necessary to maintain equilibrium and support life. In other words, Earth is a conscious, living entity with amazing potential to self-heal. Judy Hall Earth Blessings This is the second journey into the body of Mother Earth. This one goes into her creative centre to refertilise the earth and your own manifestation potential. The journey uses Menalite (available from www.angeladditions.co.uk). If you do not have a Menalite, use the pictures shown here. [caption id="attachment_5290" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Menalite: the womb stone c. Judy Hall[/caption] The Journey Hold your crystal in your hand and allow it to transport you to the portal to the womb of Mother Earth. You find yourself at  the great stone circle of Avebury. Approach the stone in front of you and ask permission to enter. A crack in the rock opens to reveal a long winding passageway. The way is lit by crystal energies flickering from the walls. Follow the path down until it opens out into the womb of Mother Earth. Here you will meet Gaia, the Earth Mother goddess, sitting on her throne of pythons. Do not be afraid. Hold up  your Menalite to her as an offering to restore her fertility. Settle yourself before her and set out the projects you wish to fertilize for yourself and for healing the Earth.. Listen to her answers. When you are ready to leave, thank Mother Earth and make your way back up the winding path. Step out from the rock which will close behind you. The crystal in your hand will bring you back to your body. Settle yourself comfortably, breathing a little deeper. Stand up and connect yourself to the Earth through the soles of your feet and a grounding cord going deep into the earth beneath your feet. The womb of Mother Earth has a profound connection to your own womb experience, and to your navel. The Navel Centre (‘Tummy button’) Location: centre line, just below the waist Karmic level: ancestral The navel (‘tummy button’) is not a chakra as such but it is where the connection to the mother and the matriarchal line is strongest pre-birth, with nutrients - physical or subtle - having to pass through the umbilical cord. It is, therefore a potent place for ancestral line connection and the passage of transgenerational messages, both via DNA and matriarchal imperatives. The placenta, which is designed to be a life-support system for the unborn child, may in fact carry a toxic soup of all the mother’s emotions and traumas. If the psychic umbilical cord is not cut, the mother and her demands dominate. The navel can be an extremely vulnerable area. It is known as the tummy ‘button’ for good, although probably largely unconscious, reasons. It can be the trigger point for ancestral memories to surface, especially of fear and trauma. Working with crystals around the navel to expand and release subtle memory patterns can be highly effective. Particularly as energy gaps, rips and tears can be present at this site in the subtle energies bodies as well as in the physical. AnandaliteTm (Aurora Quartz), Ancestralite, Cradle of Humankind, Lemurian Seed, Menalite, Preseli Bluestone and Celtic Healer Quartz are particularly effect for working around the navel along with other ancestral line stones . Karmic and ancestral issues: receiving and giving love, safety and security, self-worth, alienation and acceptance, fitting into society and the environment, power: dominance and submission. To clear matriarchal and interuterine imprints from the navel chakra Open your grounding root, lie down and place a grounding stone such as Smoky Quartz, Hematite or Flint slightly to one side of your feet, opposite the causal vortex chakra to anchor it. Place Anandalite, Blue Kyanite, Selenite or other crystal on the causal vortex chakra. Place a Menalite, Cradle of Life or other navel chakra stone on your navel. Place your hands in your groin creases. Lie still for five to fifteen minutes. When complete, remove the causal vortex chakra crystal and replace it with the grounding stone to close the chakra. Remove the navel chakra stone. Ground yourself thoroughly once more. [Extracted from Crystal Prescriptions volume 6: ancestral clearing] Menalite [caption id="attachment_5288" align="alignleft" width="284"] Menalite, c. Judy Hall[/caption] Enhancing divination and forecasting, Menalite reconnects to the wise feminine, the goddess and the power of the priestess. An excellent stone for conducting the rites of the passage that mark out the transitions through womanhood, Menalite reminds you of the endlessly recurring cycles of life and is useful for rebirth and rejuvenation of any kind. Spiritually, it assists in coming to terms with death, removing fear and assuring that you will survive in another reality. Menalite is a natural accompaniment for meditations to re-member your soul. This shamanic stone has been used since time began to journey to other realms and carry out metaphysical rituals. Many of the stones simulate power animals, or the ancient fertility goddess, and this nurturing stone provides a durable link to the Earth Mother, taking you back into her womb for healing and reconnection to the root of being. It opens the earth section of a cosmic anchor attaching you deep into the core of the earth solidifying your core energy field and is a useful shamanic anchor for lower world journeys. This stone connects to the power allies its shape mimics. Hold one to call on your power animal before ritual working or exploring the crystal medicine wheel. Physically, Menalite is beneficial for transitions particularly those that affect hormonal balance such as puberty or childbirth. Keep a Menalite under your pillow during menopause and hold during a hot flush or night sweat.    

Connecting with the heart of Mother Earth

Our planet is in constant dynamic motion, flowing and changing, expanding and contracting. To the ancients the Earth was alive, a living breathing being: Gaia, Mother Earth. They honoured her and the fruits of her body the crystalline bones created by an on-going magical process of geological transformation. Precious stones were regarded as the primeval…

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Our planet is in constant dynamic motion, flowing and changing, expanding and contracting. To the ancients the Earth was alive, a living breathing being: Gaia, Mother Earth. They honoured her and the fruits of her body the crystalline bones created by an on-going magical process of geological transformation. Precious stones were regarded as the primeval deities made manifest. Rock was immutable, incorruptible and permanent in contrast to the frail uncertainty of human life. It created an interface between the visible and divine worlds.                      Judy Hall Earth Blessings This is the first in a series of journeys into the body of Mother Earth. We begin with her heart. Her womb and her mind will follow. [caption id="attachment_4963" align="alignleft" width="300"] Flint, the stabilising stone and grounding stone c. Judy Hall[/caption] A time of change Our world is undergoing a metamorphosis. We can see from the floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, changes in weather patterns and pollution disasters that Mother Earth is restless and in distress. However, the Earth has given us tools to turn our thoughts and actions towards positive healing for the planet. Some amazing high-vibration crystals have made themselves known to assist with earth healing and personal consciousness-raising. Other crystals have been around for millennia but still do a sterling job of restoring the environment and the earth beneath our feet to optimum energetic functioning. We can also call on crystals to create a safe, sacred space in which to live and work. But, to heal the Earth, we first have to heal ourselves. One of the most profound ways in which you can help our planet is to work on yourself, to create your own inner peace and stabilise your well-being. The biosphere Our planet is a vast living, breathing bio-organism far bigger than its physical sphere. It is part of an enormous eco-system that spreads out across space. In ancient times it was regarded as a divine, unified creation and crystals were its bones, water its blood, the forests its lungs. Ancient people were aware that the Earth contained supercharged areas which they regarded as sacred. Sacred sites A place of palpable power, a sacred site is a threshold between worlds. For as long as there have been human beings there has been sacred landscape. Places that resonate with our deepest selves and compel us to interact with the divine. These sites were often sited around stunning natural features or placed at points of geoenergetic significance on the Earth’s chakra system. Powerful vectors and generators, they literally power the landscape. [caption id="attachment_4964" align="alignleft" width="246"] Rhodochrosite c. Michael Illas/Watkins Publishing Crystal Wisdom Healing Oracle[/caption] One such sacred site is a cave deep under the Andes. It contains the slowly beating heart of Mother Earth, a huge Rhodochrosite heart-shaped rock. Here offerings are still made by the local people. You too can make this journey with the assistance of crystal transport and the power of your mind. This journey takes you into the body of Gaia herself, carrying the light of the sun to fertilise her very being. If you do not have a Fire and Ice crystal you can use any Quartz with inclusions within it, or gaze at the photograph until you can close your eyes and still see it clearly. The Fire and Ice Journey Crystals: Fire and Ice, or included Quartz, Citrine or Menalite [caption id="attachment_4962" align="alignright" width="208"] Fire and Ice, c. Jeni Campbell/www.angeladditions.co.uk[/caption] Put your crystal in the sun for an hour or two to collect sunlight (Menalite prefers moonlight). When it is fully charged and ready to go sit in a quiet space where you will not be disturbed and withdraw your attention from the outside world. Holding the stone, sit quietly with your eyes closed and hold the intention that it lifts you up and transports you to the high Andes mountains – the stone knows where to go. You feel yourself rapidly travelling to a plateau surrounded by huge peaks. As you land the earth devas come to greet you. They make this journey with you. In front of you, you see a path leading down into a cave mouth. Follow the path until you enter the cave that is the home of Gaia. Hold your crystal high its light guides you. The path is broad and wide and it winds down and down into the heart of the mountain passing many crystals on the way. You can hear the crystal oversouls and the earth devas speaking to you, thanking you for helping the earth in this way and lending their support to you. Eventually you come to an immense cave. In the centre of the cave is a huge Rhodochrosite stone heart. This is the heart of Gaia, Mother Earth that beats very very slowly, once every hundred years or so. Allow yourself to feel the presence of the spirit of Mother Earth and feel the love that she has for you. Place your crystal on the heart of Mother Earth to fertilise her with the light of the sun. (Or place Menalite in her womb.) Hold the intention that the light is used to heal the Earth and its subtle energy grid and to support life upon the planet.                           [take as much time as you need] When you are ready to leave, make your way back up the path and out onto the plateau. The earth devas accompany you and are always there to communicate with you and help you in your healing mission. Hold the intention to be taken back to where your physical body waits for you. When you reach your body, settle back in. Take a few deep breathes, wriggle your fingers and toes. Stand up and stretch. Stamp your feet on the earth to reconnect and ground yourself. Making this journey work for you If you have a local site sacred to the Earth Mother, the Virgin Mary or a female deity you could make the journey to that site either in your imagination or in actuality carrying the crystal with you. Place the sun-charged – or a moon-charged - crystal where you feel the heart centre of the site to be and let it radiate its energy out. Extracted from Earth Blessings: Using crystals for personal energy clearing, Earth Healing and environmental enhancement (Watkins Publishing).

The Quartz Crystal journey

Another of my favourite meditations. You can use a single Quartz point or a cluster. or simply tune into the amazing photo below that was taken for my Earth Blessings book. This really is one massive single cluster over a foot high. It was photographed sitting on a flint wall at my favourite local sacred…

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Another of my favourite meditations. You can use a single Quartz point or a cluster. or simply tune into the amazing photo below that was taken for my Earth Blessings book. This really is one massive single cluster over a foot high. It was photographed sitting on a flint wall at my favourite local sacred site, Knowlton Henge. [caption id="attachment_4768" align="aligncenter" width="667"] Photo copyright Michael Illas[/caption] Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Without opening your eyes, look up to the point above and between your eyebrows: your ‘third eye’. Feel this eye open. Breathe gently and withdraw your attention from the outside world, focusing it deep inside yourself. Hold your Quartz crystal in whichever hand feels comfortable (or half open your eyes and focus on the photograph) and be aware of its invigorating energy radiating out from the crystal and enfolding you. Feel how it enlivens every cell in your body, energising and harmonising as it goes. Let the crystal take you deep down into the part of you that is independent, individual, separate and personal. Let it show you your ego, the part of you that has desires and drives. This is the place of your will, assertion and aggression. Look carefully at what you are aiming for, what propels you to act as you do. And then look at what holds you back, how and where you procrastinate. Is there anywhere in your life where you always believe you are right no matter what anyone else says? Look too at where you are too self-absorbed or selfish to notice other people and their needs. Then let the crystal move you into the higher part of your being, your own unique Self, the divine part of your being that is housed at the core of your soul. Explore that Self. Let the crystal take you deep down to its base into the matrix, let it show you how it felt when it was part of a larger cluster, when it was part of the whole and connected to everything around it. Move your awareness out so that you too become part of the whole, and then withdraw it back into the birthing of your own unique self. Find the point of balance between the two. Let the crystal take you deep down into your Self and connect you to the wisdom of the ages. Ask your Self to examine your shadow qualities with you and to show you what gift lies in the heart of each one, what energy you can reclaim from that shadow that will be useful in your life now. Now feel yourself walking with that Self walking your pathway out into the future. As you travel that path, leave gifts for yourself that you will be able to pick up on your life’s journey to enable you to express more your unique self and fulfil your potential. When you have finished the journey bring your attention back into the present moment and picture light crystalising at the outer edges of your aura, protecting you within a bubble of light. Bring your hand down into your lap and thank the crystal for its light. Detach from the crystal and put it aside. Finally: Take your attention down to your feet. Be very aware of the contact they make with the earth. Feel them holding you and grounding you on the earth and into your body. Then, when you are ready, open your eyes. Extracts from material written for: The Crystal Experience: a workshop in a book

Crystal dragon mountain journey

By now you’ve probably read about the crystal mountain somewhere on my website or facebook. So you may be ready to join the journey up the mountain to meet the elemental dragons. The journey is facilitated by a Celtic Golden Healer crystal or you can focus on the crystal pictures below. Looking up to the…

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By now you’ve probably read about the crystal mountain somewhere on my website or facebook. So you may be ready to join the journey up the mountain to meet the elemental dragons. The journey is facilitated by a Celtic Golden Healer crystal or you can focus on the crystal pictures below. Looking up to the place above and between your eyebrows will help the images to form but it is more important to feel the presence of the sacred mountains and its dragon guardians. The journey begins by settling yourself comfortable, closing your eyes, and allowing the crystal to lift you up and transport you to the foot of the mountain. After walking a little way up the rocky path alongside the larch forest, you turn off and reach a stream. Settle yourself on the rocks beside the water. All around you is Blue Celtic Healer Quartz. Pick up a piece of the crystal and it will call the water dragon to you. The water dragon will gently wash over you, assisting you to purify your emotions, letting go of all that is toxic and outworn. [caption id="attachment_4119" align="alignleft" width="300"] Celtic Blue Quartz[/caption] Rise up and begin to walk the path once more. Feel the stones beneath your feet. Look down and realise that the path is studded with crystals. Look up and you will see that you have reached the mine entrance sited beneath a pyramid. Here the matrix rock connects you to the earth dragon. Venture into the mouth of the mine and there you will meet the dragon who takes you deep into the studded with crystals, helping you to settle more comfortably into incarnation knowing how you can assist the planet. [caption id="attachment_4573" align="alignleft" width="300"] The crystal matrix[/caption] Feel the lead that is in the crystal matrix at the core of the mine transmuting your darkness and bringing you face to face with your shadow so that you can find the treasure hidden in its core. When you emerge from the mine, set off up the path once more, rising higher and higher. Feel the air dragon playing around you as the wind caresses your skin. There are Celtic Chevron Healers scattered around your feet. The air dragon blows away outdated ideas, ingrained beliefs and the patterns that no longer serve you, freeing your mind to connect to higher wisdom. [caption id="attachment_4572" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Celtic Chevron Quartz[/caption] Feel the hot sun on your face as you move even further up the mountain. In front of you, you see a field of shining gold. This is the abode of the fire dragon. Step into his cleansing fire so that you will be reborn. Feel the fire activating your creativity, bringing your spirit to life.   Then it is time to make an offering to the dragons to thank them for their work and to invoke the great golden cosmic dragon of the spirit. [caption id="attachment_4567" align="alignright" width="300"] Dragon fruit and incense smoke, the perfect offering.[/caption] And then the great golden dragon whirls you into the cosmic dance, reminding you that you are pure spirit at heart, and all the elemental dragons surround you. Lifting you high into the air and then bringing you back to your body. Become aware of your surroundings once more. Anchor your feet on the ground. Stand up and stamp your feet. Thank the dragons for their presence and remember to visit them again soon. [caption id="attachment_4570" align="alignleft" width="300"] We are all spirit at heart.[/caption]