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ISIC | Live in Peace

In American tradition, it is customary to wish that the deceased may rest in peace. While this is a wonderful intention, why not apply this to life? Why do we not find it customary to wish people to live in peace? There are many stresses that a person may take on in this day and age, anything and everything from relationships, to work, to the spiritual journey. Many of us forget that life is easily as peaceful as we allow it to be.

Peace CoexistIn relationships, no matter the origin, it is inevitable for some form of friction between two people to arise. It is natural for things like this to surface, as most people believe “it is impossible to get along with everyone.” This friction does not have to be exacerbated. If we find peace in ourselves, with who we are, things that may cause tension are able to roll off of us like beads of water. Don’t take things personally. Ever. There is purpose behind every interaction that we share with others. It is our conscious decision to make our interactions positive or not. If someone offends you, analyze why this may be. Simply “not liking” someone is not the answer. It is because they jabbed you in one of your “soft spots”. These soft spots are not only emotional, they are very much energetic, and can be healed with energy work like visualizations, Reiki, or crystals.

Work is probably the most common cause of stress. When things get busy, we tend to lose ourselves, we give ourselves to the stress. How can we avoid repeatedly falling into that vicious cycle? The solution is a simple concept, it is remembering to apply it to your daily life that makes it difficult. If work starts swirling around you, be still, breathe, peacefully sit on top of the situation. The stress is not going to take over your life unless you let it. Remember that you CAN manage the work load, and that accomplishing a challenge is very rewarding. Look at what is making the situation a challenge. Are extra tasks being handed to you? Ask for help, or maybe an extension on your deadline. Are you spacing out, making it difficult to focus? Analyze why you are spacing out. Take a moment to re-center yourself. Find a reasonable solution to your issue, it is there.

On the Spiritual Journey, we become aware of the energetic waves that we are riding. When life comes crashing down on you, remember that you have made it through everything else thus far. What makes this situation any different, any more stressful than the rest? The answer is nothing. It is an illusion that times are tough. Things may appear overwhelming, but you have complete control. What makes something intense, so much that it seems too much to handle? Your perspective. When life hands you a challenge, accept it with a grin. Gratefully accept, and you will find yourself in a state of peace. True peace is not the calm period between storms. True peace is acceptance of the storm and knowing that this too shall pass. Do not wait for the storm to pass before you allow yourself to achieve this state of acceptance. Create your own bliss. Enjoy everything you experience. Love life for the beautiful journey it is, and you will discover that peace was inside of you all along. It was just a projection of turmoil that you were facing. Instead, project peace from your heart.

Cosmic Portals | Animal Totem Meditation

This meditation is based on shamanic concepts, but is integrated with modern visualization techniques.

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If you have someone with you, ask if they can drum a steady and consistent beat for you while you travel inward. The drumming serves as a guide to the spirit world, and then back to your body after the meditation is finished. Have them quiet the drumming, read this guided meditation to you, and then start the drumming again to lead you back home. Another option is to find a shamanic drumming track online, and remember this visualization as much as possible.

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Relax and focus solely on the drumming. Visualize the room you are currently in. Step out of your body and head toward the door, and then outside. There is absolutely no sound and you notice there is a thick fog to the South. You head slowly into the mist. Keep walking into it, farther south, further into the spirit world.

(Drumming stops.  If you are using a recording, it is okay to let it continue playing.)

The fog begins to lift, and you find yourself in a clearing in the forest. These woods are familiar to you. You have a sense of safety and home here. You see a path across from you and you head toward it. As you reach the path a small animal appears. It has been waiting for you. It wants you to follow it down the path. Your new friend encourages you to take in the beauty around you and to stop along the path as much as you would like. There is no urgency here.

The path finally ends at another clearing in the woods. This time there is a large group of people sitting in the center around a fire. They beckon you over and your animal friend bids you farewell and returns to the path from which you just arrived. You slowly approach these people gathered together and realize they are all here for you. These are all of your loved ones, and ancestors. Old, new, and unknown. They have traveled from all over the world, and across time. They are celebrating you. They are honoring you. They greet you with warm hugs and kisses.

You join them, and have a seat next to the oldest of them,  an elder with lines of great wisdom written all over their hands and face. The elder hands you a gift. Accept it. They then point to a new path that you hadn’t noticed earlier. All of these people have honest smiles with twinkles in their eyes. They are telling you to go on your journey and that they will always be here whenever you need them.

You bid them farewell and head to the trail that has just appeared. The gift the elder gave you begins to glow a warm light that radiates, and illuminates the path before you. It is leading you to your destination, to your animal guides. You follow the trail down hill. There is a stream ahead of you and a large tree trunk that serves as a bridge. You cross over the stream and continue on your way. The path curves and you see an opening ahead. You hear ocean waves crashing onto the shore.

You race down the rest of the path until each step you take starts to sink in the sand. There is a person standing beside a giant boulder. They are waiting for you to come to them. They smile and congratulate you on reaching your destination. They point to white robes laid out on the boulder and tell you to remove your clothes and change into the new clothes. You turn to express your gratitude, but they have vanished. You change your clothes and head to the water.

As you reach the water you stop and close your eyes. You take a deep breath and exhale into the wind. The water laps over your feet and a light mist graces your skin. You feel whole again. You feel at peace with yourself, and with nature. You are one. A light appears in the sky directly above you. You look up to admire its divine beauty and are overcome by the energy of this celestial being. It is the most peaceful and serene sensation you have ever felt. It is as though this light has embraced you with a great and powerful hug.

The light begins to dim slightly, but still remains. You can’t help but to smile as you notice animals slowly emerging from every direction. From the water, from the sky, from the woods, and from the cliffs. They are all here to greet you. They each come with a message. Many of them stay where they are right at the edge of the sand, but a few decide to come closer to you. Approach them. They have gentle eyes, and are here to offer you their guidance. Let them whisper to you. Remember what they have said. You sit with these animal spirits for a while in the sand. It is as if you  are among old friends on the beach.

Much time passes, and it is time for you to bid them farewell for now. All of the animals return to the directions they came. You change back into your clothes and leave the white robe on the boulder. Head back up the curving path, and continue on it across the stream. Take your time walking it and reminisce on the experience you just had. You make it to the clearing with all of your ancestors and loved ones. They are waving to you and you wave back as you head toward the path that leads back home. Your small animal friend is waiting to guide you back. You hear a quiet drumming in the distance, it gradually becomes louder as you walk farther up the path.

(Start drumming very softly, and get louder as you read the next paragraph.)

You have reached the first clearing you found earlier. You can feel the vibration of the drum in your chest. The mystical fog starts to fill the space. It is so thick it is hard to even see your hand in front of you. You smile as you remember the journey you just took and head into the fog toward the drumming. You keep walking and it begins to clear. Look around, you know your body is near. Walk in the front door and walk towards your body. As you settle back into your skin you are overcome with joy and are happy to know you have new animal totems to guide you in life. Slowly open your eyes.

(Stop drumming.)

Whenever doing a deep journeying, or meditation it is important to journal right away, and drink lots of water. Don’t be too quick to stand up. Take your time.

When reflecting on the meditation take note of what the gift you were given looks like. What animals came up to you? Which animals did you notice the most out of all of them?

Cosmic Portals | Shiva Symbolism

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  • Trishul – Represents the three basic Nadis, Shiva’s ability to destroy evil and ignorance.
  • Ash – Symbolizes the ability to transcend this world and to not be affected by it. The end of the material existence.
  • Cobra – Filter for poisons (physical, emotional, mental, etc.), coiled three times (past, present, future), symbolizing Shiva’s transcendence of time.
  • Rudraksha – Uncompromising, order of the universe.
  • Drum – The manifest and unmanifest, when struck it creates the Aum (sound of creation).
  • Crescent Moon – Cyclical nature of the universe, creation and destruction.
  • Tiger Skin – Symbolizes Shiva’s victory over every force, potential energy.
  • Third Eye – Spiritual wisdom, Shiva’s ability to see beyond the illusory reality of this world.
  • Dreads – Integration of spiritual, physical, and mental.
  • Three Lines on Forehead – Immortality of the soul, glory of the Lord.
  • River Ganges (not pictured) – Purification, nectar of immortality.

 

ISIC | Power of Words

The ability to speak is something that most take for granted. Though most of modern societies have forgotten what words really represent, there are many cultures that still embrace the power of words.

images-25Everything is made of various frequencies. Words and sounds are no different. When exploring language from a metaphysical perspective, it is crucial to keep in mind just how much thought/intent, and speech are interconnected. When introduced to a frequency, a feeling is created. This feeling is transformed into thought, and then delivered by speech or body language. The frequency of each of these stages is more or less the same. What changes is the mechanism that the frequency is being carried out through. The underlining “theme” remains the same. Emotion, thought, and speech (as well as the remaining senses) are simply translators of frequency. This means that, energetically, each word you speak carries all of the emotion attached to your message. Some people are very good at hiding their emotions, but if you are sensitive to frequency you will be able to pick up these subtle energies.

Various cultures around the world have utilized the power of words in their practices for ages. When reciting a mantra, or a string of words that carry an intent, many traditions will use a string of beads, or mala, to enhance the thought form they are creating. They are well aware of the vibration they are creating with their ability to form words. Creating sound through thought is bringing the frequency into the physical plane, it is a form of manifestation. Every time you speak you are practicing alchemy, you are transmuting thoughts and feelings into sound.  Another application would be monks singing hymns in a cathedral. The movement of energy by a chorus is easily experienced by the physical body, in addition to the emotional and energetic bodies. Modern psychologists even acknowledge the impact of personal affirmations on the human psyche. They have found that the brain believes what you tell it to. If you sulk about your life, your brain (also the engineer behind the grids of energy that constitute as your field) is going to create the hormone that correlates with your thoughts. Likewise, if you insist on being positive, the outcome of a situation is much more likely to result in your favor.

We must be aware of what we speak. To others and to ourselves. Our words have to be kind. If you are irritated, bite your lip. Lashing out at someone not only affects them emotionally, but it also bombards them with the frequency you are resonating at. Your words have power, so use them wisely.


 

This blog was originally published November 12, 2012.

Cosmic Portals | Rubies & Royals

Ruby is an earth stone. It energizes and activates the mental and emotional body. It enhances self-confidence and your passion for life. It is a protective heart stone that eliminates feelings of hopelessness and defeat.

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Ruby provides you with the energies of optimism and determination (great for the business and school world). It is a stone for courage, helping ease anxiety as it brings adventure and opportunities into your life. Use Ruby when you are needing strength and change.

History and Lore:

Royals such as Queen Elizabeth I of England and Queen Mary of Scots wore rubies as a tool for protection. It was believed that rubies would darken (dim) if they were in danger.

During Elizabeth’s claim to the throne and reign over England, she had many assassination threats from groups. Even Queen Elizabeth’s cousin Mary wanted her dead. That is one reason why rubies can be found on the crowns of Royals.

Ancient warriors wore rubies to make them invincible in battle.

Rubies were the most desired gems of European royalty and the upper classes. Medieval Europeans wore rubies to obtain good protection, wealth, wisdom, and success.

Where to Keep It:

  • Wear it as a necklace so that it hangs close to your heart
  • Wear it on your ring finger, in western culture (European) it is associated with the heart line
  • Keep a small piece in your pocket to keep its energy close
  • Place in in your office or space of learning (desk) to bring in prosperity and good fortune

 

ISIC | Cords, Anchors, and Intrusions

Many energy workers are well aware of the energetic structures that drain energy. While there are positive lessons to come from their presence in your life, it is wise to ensure that your energy field is clear of these obstructions after observing the lesson at hand. If you are unable to learn from them, they will continue to pose an issue in your life. As with anything in life, once you are conscious of the reasoning, the problem will be resolved.

There are many ways to interpret energy being drained. Sometimes this manifests as a cord. Cords come in all shapes and sizes. They can be described as tentacles that extend from the auric field, and burrow deep into the field or energetic body of the person being drained. Typically someone who you have a close relationship with is attached to you by a relatively thick cord. If you have an acquaintance that happens to drain energy from you, the cord would be much smaller than someone dear to you. This can be attributed to the length of your relationship, and how much you are willing to give up for this person. Most of the time, being energy workers, we are unconsciously willing to offer our energy for the benefit others. We must leave behind the martyrdom and decided to take care of ourselves. When “cutting cords”, a handy tip it to visualize not only the cord being severed, but also cauterized so that they may not reattach. It may also be helpful to silently offer a distance healing session to this person, or perhaps a prayer that they, in addition to yourself, may be wrapped in healing energy.

Anchors (or “Hooks”) are a slightly more aggressive form of cords that appear in people’s energy field. These require a bit more visualization and intent to remove. Before doing any energy work, it is crucial to keep in mind that you CAN do whatever you intend, and that it WILL work. Intent is where your power lies. After removing any form of cord, the hole in the field must be patched up. Depending on the strength of a given energy field, this may require a range of attention. Visualizing the gap being filled with white light (therefore restructuring the grid) should do the trick.

Much like a leech, an intrusion is a small being that feeds off of the light body. Usually these are not associated to another person, but rather they are independent. Intrusions also come in a variety of embodiments. They can show up like a worm, a cluster of tiny specs, or a spiked ball. There is a vast amount of different kinds. Salt baths, in addition to visualizations will get these out of your field. You may ask that they be joyfully returned to their source after expressing your gratitude for the lessons they offered to you. Sound healing like Singing Bowls, Tingshas, or humming certain notes associated to the Chakras are great techniques for disrupting dense negative energy that is difficult to manage with only visualization.

We all must remember that a majority of the time these cords and anchors are not intentionally sent out. They are, in a sense, a call for help. We must also remember to cut and remove the cords that we are sending out to others. Most people do not want to admit this, but I’ll be the one who says it, we all do it. Until we are fully conscious of our energy fields, there will be unintentional cords coming into and out of us. Let it go and cut the cords. Likewise, until we take control of the stability of our energy field, many energies are able to enter without our knowledge. One may say that the general purpose of these experiences would be to strengthen our awareness of ourselves and our varying energies.

ISIC | 5 Tips for Creating & Maintaining a Self-Sustaining Holistic Practice

Starting a holistic practice is both an exciting and intimidating venture. Furthermore, maintaining a self-sustaining balance can be tricky. Here are five tips  on how to ease this process and to make the best of your resources.

photo-rocks-mist1. Do what you love and have fun doing it.  These days most practitioners have a variety of certifications in different types of energy work, intuitive training, and body work.  With all the different classes under their belt, sometimes it is easiest to start a business performing the service that “people want and know” instead of starting a business doing the one thing that you love the most.  We have all heard the saying “do what you love,” but we may be scared to try it.  Overcome that fear, and do it.  Do the one thing that makes your heart sing and keep that forefront in your heart and mind even as “side jobs” pop up along the way.  Red garnet helps one connect their passion with their heart.  Meditate with it to help decide which it is that you love the most, and continue to use it to keep what you love at the forefront of your actions.

2. Even holistic practitioners need a business plan. No matter what field you are going into a business plan is a must. Having set goals and procedures will prove to be beneficial. It is very important to know exactly what you are offering to the public.  Having a marketing, and advertising strategy, which is part of the plan, will help get the word out and create a clientele.  Creating a business plan will help you to gather all of the details required to create a stable practice. This website has useful information to get you started. Once you have a plan, take time each day to work on and complete the items in it. Suggested stone: tiger eye.

3. Surround yourself with a support network.  Running a business is a lot of work.  Yes, at first, finances might make it impossible to hire help.  There is more to a good support network than employees.  Join the local chamber of commerce to get to know fellow small business entrepreneurs.  Visit your local community college’s small business center.  They are there to help provide support and resources to business owners.  Be open to accepting help from your friends and neighbors when they offer.  Remember that there is good help out there, and it is up to you to utilize it. Suggested Stone:  pietersite.

 4. Know your strengths and weaknesses. It is very important as a practitioner to be in touch with yourself. Perhaps you excel in marketing and you lack in financial organization. That is fine, you can’t expect to be an expert when you are just starting off. Once you have a support network established there will be plenty of people who are able to assist you in areas you require aid. In knowing your strengths it will be easier to adapt to situations that may not be within your comfort zone. Also know your limitations. It sometimes is a slippery slope if you agree to do something that you are not quite experienced with. Some people live by “fake it until you make it,” but if you are one to be easily overwhelmed, this may not be the philosophy for you. Suggested stone: black onyx

5. Make time for yourself. Being a healer can be exhausting. As mentioned above, know your limitations. Never overload yourself with work to the point of burning out. Burning the candle at both ends may seem efficient, but who will care for your clients if your light has been expended? Even if your are not functioning at maximum capacity 24/7, still take time for yourself. If you are sleepy, take a nap. Never skip meals, and designate a block in your schedule to relax. Try spending time meditating and being mindful through out the day. While these things may sound obvious, it is easy to get caught up in what you are doing. That is when we forget to take care of ourselves. The more healthy and happy you are, the healthier and happier your clients will be. Suggested stone: malachite

 

ISIC | Grid for a Productive Classroom

When teaching in a classroom there are quite a few factors involved in maintaining a productive learning environment. Of these factors there is especially a need for patience, diplomacy, and mutual understanding. Every crystal has a multitude of properties in order to assist us in as many ways as possible. This grid will use only a handful of these properties geared towards creating a safe and productive classroom setting. This grid is made up of only six different stone types: Blue Lace Agate, Howlite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Clear Quartz, and Black Tourmaline.

The larger, outermost Merkabah is composed of two stone types, Howlite and Blue Lace Agate. Howlite is being utilized for a few of its properties, it brings a peaceful, calming affect. In addition, Howlite works to improve the memory. Blue Lace Agate offers a similar peaceful, and calm energy to the throat chakra, or self-expression. Howlite works with the crown chakra, dealing with consciousness. By bringing a calm, and peaceful energy to the throat and crown chakras, emotions like anxiety are able to easily pass through the energy field rather than disrupting it.

On either side of the outer Merkabah there are two pieces of Black Tourmaline.  Having a large collection of people in a room guarantees the presence of imbalanced energies. These discordant energies manifest into things like frustration, and nervousness. Black Tourmaline works to alleviate the classroom of any negativity that may be floating around. It also promotes the understanding of others, and yourself while boosting confidence and dissipating fear. The design of the outer merkabah and tourmaline works with the energies of the class as a whole. It maintains a safe environment where students can flow freely.

The small, inner-most of the merkabahs is composed of Lapis Lazuli and Malachite. In this arrangement the Earth Tetrahedron (downward facing triangle) is Lapis Lazuli, and the Source Tetrahedron (Upward facing triangle) is Malachite. Here, Lapis is working as a thought amplifier, increasing memory as well as objectivity and clarity. Lapis also encourages active listening. Malachite is the grounding stone of the bunch. It helps us to establish boundaries, which many of us have experienced to be absolutely necessary in a classroom setting. Malachite eases the processing of information as well as the ability to absorb it. It also increases the skill of observation, and aids in understanding even the most complicated subjects. This inner Merkabah is configured to work on a personal level with each student so that they are able to get the most out of their learning experience.

Finally, we have a Clear Quartz Sphere in the center. Clear Quartz amplifies present energies. When in the center of a grid it intensifies the other stone energies. In addition to this, it offers an overall sense of clarity. Since this is a carved stone, the geometric attributes also apply. The spherical shape causes the energy to radiate outward, covering a larger area.

This grid is small so that it may be easily assembled in or on a desk, counter, or on the floor. With intention, the grid’s energy can be held over an entire classroom. It can also be made into a larger scale, perhaps around an entire school (you might want to get some larger stones). You may even want to build a layout like this for your own personal learning environment or office.

From Our Friends | Modern Transcendentalist

This is another blog written for the Crystal Life Tumblr! Sarah and Victor’s blog features four catagories of posts: Element Energy, The Crystal Alchemist, Legend & Lore, and Balancing belief. Check them out here!

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“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

-Christopher McCandless

Into the wild is where our thoughts wonder, on pathless roads between elder trees and wild flowers. It’s human instinct to be drawn to nature, it’s the core to our whole being. Our pasts rooted deep, and our futures reaching high, all of mankind grows together.

The modern world is filled with distractions. We lose sight of the things that matter, we focus more on working and getting through the day. We get stuck in the patterns of our daily activities and forget that it’s ok to venture off and explore new things. Yes, change is scary but so is dreaming about an ideal life and not living it.

These stones assist in manifesting those dreams and creating a strong reality that will allow you to have a sense of purpose. They create balanced connection with nature, allowing you to flow peacefully down the path of your choice.

Epidote: Helps the individual live life to the fullest. Provides courage to manifest dreams and strengthen identity and personal power. (Earth,Water)

Green Tourmaline: Dispels negative energies. Opens the heart to moving on and growing in new ways. (Earth, Water)

Chyrsocolla: Brings a serenity to all situations, while providing soothing energy during times of change. Opens the throat to speaking truth. (Water)

Into the wild you go.

ISIC | A Power Within

There is a power within each one of us that is life affirming. Without its presence, there is no life. This power is the power of breath. The body can continue for days without the nourishment of food. Many religious leaders have gone without food for forty days or more and have survived. But when the body is deprived of oxygen (the act of breathing), it ceases function, and life will cease to continue.

refectIn our modern society we do not think about breathing, after all it is an autonomic response. The body just does it, right? Why should we think about breathing?

Those who practice breath meditation upon inhalation they bring the breath down to the lower abdomen, and hold it there for a count, or pause, and then release it in exhalation. By this process they are engaging the torso from collarbone to navel in the breathing process. This process causes the diaphragm to expand and contract, successfully stimulating the body’s organs. The inhaled breath fills the lungs to capacity, goes into the bloodstream, and provides oxygen to the organs and other parts of the body.

We need today to focus on our breathing habit. We need to increase our intake of oxygen for increased nourishment of the bodily organs, and their functions. There are many, many medical aspects where breathing is impaired, and one needs to rely on their doctor’s advice and treatments above all else. As we are able we should begin a conscious breathing exercise which will assist the medical treatments. By doing so we strengthen the lung capacity, revitalize our overall intake of necessary oxygen, and reduce stress levels of all kinds.

Whether by meditation practice, or just conscious breathing, I encourage you to take that first breath. It has helped me greatly over the past month on many levels.

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ISIC is a non-for-profit group for professional holistic practitioners providing information on subtle energy. Visit ISIC’s website to learn more about our group, our monthly meetings, quarterly public workshops and to view a listing of holistic practitioners in our area.