CH #2 – Top Ten Budget Stones

budgetcrystalsCrystal healing needn’t be an expensive hobby. There are many, many beautiful and expensive stones, but you can great results with a collection worth less than £20.

Where to Source Stones

Obviously, you should be looking for ethical companies to stones from. But here are some tips to getting cheaper crystals.

  • Buy from museums or science shops. I went to a bunch of jewelry and science stalls when I was in Germany, and got crystals half the price they are in the metaphysical shops. A crystal is a crystal is a crystal. Yes, there are some shapes that are better for a certain purpose than others, but a raw or tumbled stone will serve you just fine.
  • Secondhand stones are perfectly fine. You should be cleansing any stone that comes into your life anyway, so don’t feel odd about buying them secondhand.
  • Check out jewelry shops – sometimes they sell of old stock that has gone out out of fashion, but are still perfectly usable. You can also get carved or shaped stones cheaper than in other stores too.

But which ones should you buy? Here are my Top Ten Budget Crystals…

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Rose Quartz

Buy here: £2.10
Rose Quartz Chunk Approx 2 inches by Geofossils

If I had to pick a favorite stone, it would be Rose Quartz all the way. I just love it.

Rose Quartz is the best emotional healer available, and works in conjunction with just about any other stone.

It promotes love of all kinds – self-love, friendship, family, and romance. It helps ease the pain of abuse and sexual trauma. Healing heartbreak, it is a gentle stone that is suitable for jewelry and other forms of daily use.

It’s also useful to ease tension in a room, and give a calm loving atmosphere.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines this not only eases the symptoms, but can help prevent attacks.

It can help reduce the symptoms and effects of degenerative mental conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and also helps you recover from addictions of all kinds.

Physically, it heals the heart, lungs, chest, and eases burns and blistering.

Amethyst

Buy Here: £1.05
Amethyst Tumble Stone (20-25mm) Single Stone

Amethyst is a Master Healer, yes, but also one of the most common elements on Earth, so if you’re asked to pay large sums for small stones, some bugger saw you coming.

Being a Master Healer, there isn’t much Amethyst can’t do, but it does have specialties where it’s powers are amplified.

It helps sobriety of all kinds, healing addictions and self destructive behaviors. It helps the memory, and improves neural links, making you sharper and cleverer. It can also ease the symptoms of memory related disorders.

Quartz

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Clear Quartz Crystal Natural Rough Point
Another Master Healer, this one specialising in burns, radiation and chemotherapy side effects and other similar ailments. It de-toxifies the body and brings the organs into balance.

Quartz is good for diagnosing illnesses and indicating where energy blockages and disease lie in the body and aura field.

Blue Apatite

Buy It Here: £3.90

Tumbled Blue Apatite Tumble Stone – A Grade Quality Crystal – Connection with spirit guides & past life lessons – Free Postage!
Apatite is a balancing and calming stone, making it great to ease emotional overload associated with autism, ADHD, panic disorders and similar conditions.

It is also useful for bones, cartilage and teeth, and disorders within those areas of the body, including motor skills and exhaustion.

Black Tourmaline

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Rough Black Tourmaline Crystal Chunk For Grounding, Protection & Obsorbing Negativity and Pollution Approx 1.5cm – Free Postage

Black Tourmaline is great for chronic and/or terminal diseases and conditions, especially good for pain relief, and conditions related to the lungs and immune system.

Also useful for arthritis, hand-eye coordination and back pain.

Tiger’s Eye

Buy it here: £1.07
Tiger Eye Tumblestones – Medium

Tiger’s Eye is great for mental illness, and deals with issues of self-worth, self-doubt and blocked emotions. It encourages the correct use of power and assertion.

Red Jasper

Buy it here: £1.08

Red Jasper Tumble Stone (20-25mm) Single Stone

Red Jasper is another good one for chronic conditions and the isolation therein, but is great for fevers, cleaning the blood and liver, and protecting against electromagnetic and geopathic stress.

Green Aventurine

Buy it here: £1.85
Tumbled Green Aventurine Tumble Stone – A Grade Quality Crystal – Releases fears & anxiety, helps you relax – Free Postage!

Green Aventurine is a great all around healer, good at balancing most aspects of the body.

Particular illnesses and conditions eased by Green Aventurine include migraines, stuttering and other speech impediments, high cholesterol, acne and intrusive negative thoughts.

Carnelian

Buy it here: £1.10
Carnelian Tumble Stone (Brazilian) (20-25mm) Single Stone

Usually known as the business success stone, Carnelian has many healing properties as well.

Specifically it’s good for nosebleeds, wounds, ovaries and the womb, depression, neuralgia and helps the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Sodalite

Buy It Here: £1.07
Sodalite Tumble Stone (20-25mm) Single Stone

Sodalite is good for balancing the shadow with the light, and so it great for hypochondria, panic disorders, depression and anger issues.

It also works on the throat and vocal chords, can lower blood pressure and increases the absorption of fluid.

 

What I’ve give you here are just a few properties of each crystal, and specifically just a few for crystal healing. Add the witchcraft uses for crystals, and you can do anything you want with these ten crystals.

This is a perfect basic toolkit, and also a good gift for the budding healer in the family.

But which cheap crystals are your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

Crystal Healing One: What Is Crystal Healing?

 

crystal-healing-basics-pinCrystal Therapy One: What Is Crystal Therapy?

 

Crystal Therapy or Healing is, put simply, creating a physical change in the body by using crystals/minerals/gems/sparkly stones.

 

Crystal Healing has been around since the year dot, probably ever since a human found a shiny thing and carried it around, gaining a particular effects as they did so.

 

The limits of crystal healing are being pushed and explored constantly. You can also, of course, use crystal to do magic with, but that’s a topic for later. In this series we’ll be focusing purely on healing the mind, body and soul with crystals. Ooky spooky stuff comes later.

 

What Will Be in This Series?

 

Later in this post, we’ll cover a few of the ways you can use crystals to heal in the general sense. In this series, we’ll cover a number of topics:

 

  • Purchase lists for particular stones, for example the best budget stones
  • How to treat particular ailments that I’ve had experience with
  • How to use crystal grids, mazes and other structures
  • The shapes of stones and why they’re useful
  • Crystal healing book and blog club
  • And we’ll end with a live Q and A where you can ask me any questions you might have about crystal healing that I didn’t cover.

How to Use Crystals

 

  • Meditative

 

The first step to working with any crystal. Simply sitting with the stone and asking a particular thing of it is the simplest, clearest and easiest form of crystal healing. This is sometimes called ‘programming’ a stone, but to be more correct you’re actually asking a favour of it. Crystals are a higher life form than us, so thinking you can tell it to do something it doesn’t do is a fool’s errand.

 

Sitting and ‘talking’ to the crystal is also the next step up from working solely with books. Books are a great starting point, especially for identifying crystals, but every crystal is different, even ones of the same type. Let the crystal tell you what it does.

 

When you work with more than one crystal, let the crystals tell you if they are going to play nicely or not. Some cancel each other out, some pollute the purpose, and some overpower each other.

 

Once you’ve selected a crystal to work with, you can either lay it over the afflicted area, or utilize some form of energy centers or energy line system, like chakras or reflexology. You can also dowse for the right spot to lay it using a pendulum. I’ll post of video of how you can do that at a later date.

 

  • Directing Energy

 

Everything in the world has and emits a thing we’ll call ‘energy’ for simplicity’s sake. It’s not precise to label an energy as good or bad – bad to who? But there are times where the energy of a thing or a place isn’t the kind of energy you’d like to cultivate.

 

You can use crystals and crystal grids to redirect and change the energy of the space, including helping the Earth to heal. Energetic problems can range from angry spirits, to geopathic stress, to pollution, to miasma, to a ton of other things. We’ll cover this more deeply in a later post.

 

  • Jewelry

Jewelry is a great way to utilize crystal healing. You can get many, many, beautiful jewelry items containing all sorts of crystals which you can wear when you need to healing, but can’t sit down for a healing session, or have a chronic condition which would benefit for more intensive use of crystals.

 

  • Crystal Grids

We’ll cover crystal grids in more detail in another post, as whole books have been written on the subject.

 

Basically, arranging crystals in certain formations amplifies and blends their power, creating more powerful and complex effects.

  • Distance Healing

 

You can use crystals on a poppet or other representation of a person to effect healing from a distance. Obviously, not as successful as in person healing, but  perfectly decent effects can be had. I’ve had distance energy healing done before and been very pleased with the effects I’ve had.
In next week’s post, we’ll be looking at the best cheap stones you can get to start off your collection.

Brain Dumping – To Do Lists, Minus Anxiety

I suffer from anxiety, and I also run two one-person businesses. Anxiety often results in procrastination, while my ambition demands that I do more and more.to do lists.jpg

This has lead to a love/hate relationship with to do lists. Mainly hate. Whilst I wander around like a balloon without a string, bumping into stuff and getting stuff done mainly by accident.

I’ve tried everything, but I think I’ve finally found the solution. For me, anyway.

Some people call it Brain Dumping, but I’ve also heard that same term refer to what I’ve always called ‘Morning Pages’, as described in the Artist’s Way. The form of Brain Dumping I’m referring to is creating a Master To Do list.

And by master, I do mean master. I have a huge notebook wholly devoted to this task. Since mid-February when I started, this master to do list now stretches nine A5 pages. And I feel fine about it.

Because the point of the master book is to write down every task as soon as I think of it, whether it’s something I need to do today or in six months. Then it’s out of my head and in a place where I know I will check.

Then every day, whenever I’m about to start work, I look through the book and choose which tasks I need to complete, and, if I like, write a separate to do list for that day.

I pick all the time limited ones first. Then, if there’s time and energy, I pick either to block out some time for a larger project, or blast through a few small tasks.

In the afternoon, I can see how much energy I have and possibly pick one or two more tasks, or not. I know I will already have completed time limited tasks earlier in the day, so my anxiety is limited in its chances to strike.

I’m gonna be posting another update on this to see if it still works in six months, but I’m very happy with my progress so far.

Sleep Paralysis – What It Is, How to Cope, What Not To Do, and Yes, We’ve All Had It

SLEEP PARALYSISSleep paralysis is an experience that most of us have had at least once, though some people have it more often. It’s one of the most terrifying experiences you’ll have in your life, but, except in rare cases, it’s completely harmless. If you have other sleep problems as well as sleep paralysis, I would recommend you see your GP as you may have some form of narcolepsy, but otherwise you’re safe.

What is Sleep Paralysis?

Does this picture ring a bell?

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It’s called ‘The Nightmare’ and it’s by Henry Fuseli. Usually said to be a picture of an incubus, demon or average nightmare, it actually describes the symptoms of sleep paralysis really well. St Patrick also used to suffer from it, but attributed it, like most historical cases of sleep paralysis, to demons.

Sleep paralysis happens when the mind wakes up before the body does. You will be paralyzed for a few minutes, usually feel something crushing your chest and if you’re unlucky enough to have opened your eyes, vivid and excruciating hallucinations.  Other symptoms include breathlessness and symptoms not unlike that of an out-of-body experience, falling out or up of your body, your limbs being lifted up or forced downwards. Hallucinations are, as always, tailored to the particular sufferer, but almost always include one or more of the following:

  • thinking you are being attacked by some sort of spirit/god/demon/etc – this happens less if you’re atheist, of course, I’ve also been convinced I was being strangled by a burglar before. I would imagine that’s the form they would take for a committed atheist, but your mileage may vary.
  • being utterly convinced you are going to die. Like, seriously, this is the worst.
  • something physical on your chest
  • being watched and tormented by something or someone, or sense that something is coming to get you and will get you before you can move.

In my case, they are almost always preceded by a series of lucid nightmares. Yep, lucid nightmares. I am acutely aware of what is happening to me, I can control my own actions, and I am aware that I am dreaming. No matter what I’ve done, I struggle to wake myself up, and I usually wake up to an episode of sleep paralysis. Next time it happens I’m gonna try calming down, because usually as soon I work out that I’m lucid, I panic, because I know what happens. I think I’ve tried this before to no avail, but here goes nothing.

What Not To Do During An Episode

  • panic. You will be able to move again, you can breathe even though it doesn’t feel like it. The knowledge that you’ve just gained about this being a normal and natural bodily function will make them less scary, I promise.
  • open your eyes. Do not open your eyes first thing, even though they will be the first thing you can move. In fact, I recommend you don’t open your eyes until you can physically get out of bed and put the light on.
  • go back to sleep. You must get out of bed, use the toilet or get a drink if you need to, and then do something to occupy your mind for at least half an hour. Or until you are no longer sleepy. I don’t know why, but after the paralysis ends you are mega sleepy, and if you go back to sleep you WILL have another episode. Get up.

How to Cope

During an Episode

As well as the tips above, use these:

  • Concentrate on wiggling your toes and fingers FIRST. Not your eyes. As soon as you can move your fingers and feet you should feel the other symptoms recede.
  • Get out of bed and walk around.
  • Speak, as soon as you can. Doesn’t have to be loud, but I’m always frightened most by not being able to talk or scream during an episode.
  • If you’re struggling to move, try and kick your bedsheets off, but don’t panic if you get tangled. Work on sitting up and pulling off the bedsheets with your hands.

Preventing an Attack

  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
  • Somehow sleeping on your back causes attacks. Not sure why, just does.
  • Avoid lucid dreaming workings. What triggers attacks differs from person to person – there’s only one meditation/dreaming exercise that doesn’t set off attacks for me personally, and if at anytime I try and change a dream beyond the ‘ooh look I’m having a dream about my favourite TV show, wouldn’t it be cool if character A did this’, that will cause an episode.
  • There is a specific technique to cause lucid dreaming that I believe is called the WILD or WILDS technique that has been known to cause sleep paralysis in those that don’t normally get it, so steer clear of that.
  • In fact, any out of body techniques that you are meant to do when you are asleep, on the edge of sleep or lying on your bed when you might fall asleep whether you intend to or not, are best avoided.
  • Go to sleep at the same time each night if you can. Anything that can disturb sleep and not wake you up properly can cause sleep paralysis. Something as simple as having music instead of a beeping alarm can cause it for me – the music doesn’t startle me awake like the beeping, I just notice there being something ‘wrong’ in my sleeping environment and wake up wrong.

I hope this helps, if you have any questions, let me know and I will try and answer them.