Can you feel the energy building?
It’s been building through this month, having increased in momentum after the new moon solar eclipse on the 14th.
Whether you’re in the northern or southern hemisphere a climax will be reached on the solstice: the darkest night or the longest day. A transition point. Cycles and patterns beginning and ending.
Cultures and faiths the world over have been celebrating this day since ancient times. And while you can apply any practices or notions, ceremonies or beliefs, based on where you come from and what you espouse, if you tune in to the energy and observe nature, there’s no denying the power of this day.
According to many ancient calendars the solstice was observed on the 25th day of December, and it marked the new year.
In the north, it marked the turning point where the sun, in its weakest phase, would be reborn and slowly begin to wax again. It heralded the promising return of light, life, and warmth.
In the south, it marked the height of the sun’s power and the zenith of life force – a time of magic and ceremony – before its power begins to wane.
While in times past I’ve looked forward to my solstice ceremonies and traditions with excitement, this year I feel more contemplative. I’m reflecting on what we’ve been through, and on all those who did not make it through 2020. I’m also reflecting on how we all responded – it was a mix of intense extremes.
While there are those who profited, I see this largely as a year of loss. But loss, in and of itself, is also a healing and growth process.
This is something the ancients have always understood: it’s all a part of the cycle of life.
Loss is an ending but also a beginning. It’s up to us to find what can be gained from losing.
Read original article at: Krista Mitchell ~ Crystal Healing for the Solstice
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We’ve made it to the last month of 2020, but while the Decembers of years passed may have invited reflection and celebration, the vibe of this December feels more to me like one of continued uncertainty, exhaustion, and trepidatious curiosity of what 2021 may bring.
If it holds true that we are indeed in a holographic Universe, and that our thoughts, intentions, and energy are what help to co-create our reality, then how we are aligned and empowered matters more than ever.
The thing is, when it comes to shifting our energy during fraught or fearful times, we usually need some help.
How do we stay connected with our light, and in alignment with our soul’s highest guidance + radiance in these times?
I’ve been guided to share the crystal practices and guidance below to help us do just that.Continue reading “Recommended Crystal Healing Practices for December”
I’ve been thinking a lot about our spaces lately – in many ways they’ve become more important to us than ever, and a place where many of us are now spending most of our time (or not enough).
The space we live in is an energetic extension of ourselves. What affects us will affect the energy of our space (and vice versa).
In a time when we’ve seen a dramatic increase in fear, stress, uncertainty, and an outpouring of negativity, the more we can hold ourselves + our spaces sacred, the more we all benefit.
While we may all know the importance of clearing the energy of our space, it bears reminding, especially given that some may be feeling too overwhelmed or tired to prioritize it (it’s been my experience that this is when we most need to do it).Continue reading “Creating Sacred Space”
I’m often asked if there’s a meaning behind losing or breaking a crystal.
Recently on a group call for my Pro Crystal Healer course, a student shared that she had lost the same crystal three times, and was wondering if there was any deeper meaning behind it.
It’s definitely possible!
I remember doing a crystal healing layout on myself years ago where I placed a piece of moldavite on my 3rd eye chakra. As I turned over to shut off the alarm at the end of my session, the moldavite fell off. First I searched on the bed beside me, then under the pillow. Nothing. I stripped the bed. Nothing. I pulled the bed away from the wall and checked underneath, including behind the sideboards. Nothing.
We moved a year later, and before we left the empty apartment, I searched for it one more time. Nothing.
I also remember the time when I first started working at a busy spiritual bookshop in NYC. I was wearing a lot of jet (a protective crystal for empaths), and I hadn’t learned how to shield my energy yet. Pieces of it would keep falling off me throughout the day, either cracking or breaking as they hit the floor, and I had a pretty good feeling as to why…
There can be many possible reasons or meanings behind lost or broken crystals. Sometimes it’s just an unfortunate circumstance – things get lost, accidents happen. But the Universe can work in mysterious ways, and messages or miracles can be hidden behind the circumstances…
Here’s a few possible interpretations, honor your own intuition or what resonates for you in a heart-based way (as opposed to fear-based):
Read original article at: Krista Mitchell ~ What Does It Mean When You Break Or Lose A Crystal
First off: what is pandemic fatigue?
“It’s a very real feeling of exhaustion stemming from the effects of the novel coronavirus on your life — from stay-at-home orders to the fear of getting ill to losing jobs…Wrestling with intense emotions day after day drains your energy, causing pandemic fatigue.
The hallmark sign of pandemic fatigue is a sense of inner weariness.” – uclahealth • July 7, 2020
If you’ve been feeling any of the following, or if it’s been more intense these past few months, you’re likely experiencing pandemic fatigue:
- chronic high-level stress
- sore eyeballs
It is not an exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a life-altering, world-changing year.
While understandably there has been heavy emphasis on physical health and safety measures, there must also be heavy emphasis on the mental + emotional toll of the pandemic (including our economic and social responses to it), and the impact that is having on our overall mental health and emotional well-being.
“As the pandemic worsens, and disruptions to daily life worsen, mental health professionals need to be prepared for an increase in mental health and substance abuse problems.” – Research brief from the Parenting in Context Research Lab, U Michigan, March 31, 2020
The shutdowns taught us that the reality of our daily lives could dramatically change, and quickly. This paradigm shift intensified the focus on the climate change crisis, and also a badly needed wake-up call in terms of racism and the systemic racism entrenched in our societies.
The conversation became about education, awareness, expansion of consciousness, and mindfully co-creating a better world and future.
But here’s the thing my friends: it’s easy to give up and stop caring, or stop fighting, when you’re tired.
The stressors introduced, or heightened, by this pandemic have hit people hard, especially for those on the lower-end of the social and economic scale:
- fears of getting sick, job/income loss, of not being able to pay bills
- greater levels of overall uncertainty
- increased responsibilities of caregiving, child care, and education, which has required extra multi-tasking to the point of overwhelm
- loneliness and isolation, especially for the marginalized and elderly
- disruption of regular routines including diet, exercise, and sleep
The concern is that all of this will push us collectively to a mental health breaking point – but it doesn’t have to, we can find healthy ways to respond that will help pull us, our families, and our communities through, better and stronger!
Response is a key word here: response belies a feeling of consideration, wisdom, and empowerment. It’s a choice, as opposed to reactions that are often triggered by our wounded or fearful selves.
Our reaction to any of the above stressors or symptoms of pandemic fatigue may be to isolate, self-medicate, binge, overeat, attack, go into denial, feel extra sensitive or vulnerable, or criticize.
Please don’t judge yourself if you have experienced any of these reactions recently – at least now you may have a greater understanding as to why, and I have outlined below some healthier coping practices you can put in place to support yourself.
Read original article at: Krista Mitchell ~ Crystal Healing for the Pandemic