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Crystal Treasures From March 7, 2014

February Card, Crystals and Flower Essence

Woohoo!  I’ve got a new video!  This is all about being joyful conscious creators of our future and the crystals and flower essences that can help.  Enjoy!

New Crystal Treasures

I had the perfect weather today to shoot a video to share some recent stone and crystal purchases, several of which I picked up at the wonderful little Ginkgo Gem Shop in Vantage Washington when we visited the area this past weekend.

The video is set in my sacred garden space on a beautiful sunny Seattle day.

This is my first video sharing crystals and I just love the way it came out.  I hope you enjoy all the sparkles and sunshine.


The plant shop I mention in the video is Midnight Blossom.  It can be found in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.  Highly recommend a visit to this place if you are in the area!

Heeding the Call: Personal Retreat from the Internet – Phase One Report

Last Wednesday I came down with one humdinger of a headache… again. That was my clue to finally stop resisting a much needed internet break. I had been feeling the need to get off-line and spend more time listening to my inner nudges for a few weeks and I kept resisting. In fact, I’d spend even more time online and that was when the headaches started setting in. Needless to say there were things that needed my attention and I was doing my version of sticking my fingers in my ears, squeezing my eyes shut and singing really loudly to not have to hear. Mature – eh?

So, now a week has gone by and I can tell I need more time. I’m taking a part of today to tend to several things that have been piling up in the inbox so that in another week I don’t feel completely overwhelmed when I come back into internet land. I can’t believe how much stuff can pile up in just a weeks time!

Not wanting to neglect my blog for quite so long I figured I better post something while I was at it. So here I am. What have I been up to in the past week of internet-free living? Oh my, where to start?

I’ve spent lots of time reading. I read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho in one day. Quite an interesting little book that leaves you with lots to ponder. I’m working through a beautiful book, The Bluebird Effect by Julie Zickefoose, full of inspiring naturalist writing and art that I am just loving. I’ve been working through the latest copy of Yoga Journal. And I have been learning a ton about working with your moon sign and progressed moon  in Amy Herring’s book Astrology of the Moon – what a bunch of gems in that one!

I’m working on planning a vacation for my husband and I to the Othello and Crab Creek areas of central Washington – one of our favorite places for spring outings. Oh the birds and the sunshine and the smell of sagebrush!

I have been watching all the birds coming to enjoy the newly flowering ornamental plums in front of the house. Bushtits, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hummingbirds, and House Finches to name just a few. The House Finches have been making it snow pink blossoms as they pull each one off, nibble the core, then let the rest float to the ground.

I’ve been enjoying all the new blooms that have been appearing over the last week as Spring begins to take hold more and more – Persephone has indeed begun her visiting! I spent one glorious couple of hours on a warm sunny day sitting on the porch journaling while being encased in the perfume of hundreds of Daphne blossoms from the plant next to my porch chair – pure bliss. I even got sun-kissed!

I’ve spent plenty of time enjoying my daily walks, letting them linger and then spending more time writing about them after I get back home. Just yesterday as I walked through Schmitz Park I was blessed by not one but two of Nature’s secrets being revealed – two different Anna’s Hummingbirds came buzzing by me and then landed in their respective nests. How sweet is that?! I can’t wait to watch as those nests start to hatch teeny tiny little baby hummers! Oh and nature is coming alive more and more as March takes hold. Salmonberries, Snowberries, and Red Elderberry are all beginning to leaf out. The forest floor is sprouting bleeding heart foliage and other fine greenery. The single clump of Trillium in the park are starting to pop up out of the ground. Oh and the bird song – beautiful! The Flickers are especially a delight to listen to as they chatter and call and drum – so full of enthusiasm!

I’ve spent more time with my daily yoga practice and spent a lot more time in meditation as well. I’ve been meditating with some new crystal treasures that came home with me this past weekend after visiting Gem Heaven for the first time – I can’t believe that I had not yet discovered this amazing shop in Pike Place Market! Jim, the owner, was so full of information, with detailed stories about where the stones came from – I was filled with lots of new info to digest after being there – it was indeed a Gem Heaven!

And I’ve had plenty of ups and downs as I work through some old stories that have risen again for further transformation and healing. I’ve been using writing, meditation, crystals and the tarot to help me work through all that a little at a time. Gently and with compassion as these are some difficult ones. The main reason I was resisting this time off line, most likely. It is so easy and tempting to hide away in internet land, filling your time and mind up to hide from your problems. I always know something is up when my computer time feels more like an addiction I can’t quit rather than a tool for connection, creativity and learning. Sometimes it just takes me longer to let go and face whatever needs to be faced… it’s always worth it though. And that’s why I’ll be taking another week offline after this brief interlude. I can feel there is still more to do. Still more to find healing and transformation in as well as finding balance again for going forward. I’ve got plans for more writing and for some art time, along with what I’ve already been doing – with lots of tree hugging and nature loving to keep me nurtured along the way! Till then – blessings and pink blossoms and sweet bird song to you all!

 

An Afternoon of Art Surprise

I set up a lovely little space in my studio for an afternoon of painting.  I brought in my pink carnations that my husband had gotten me for Valentine’s Day and I lined up a collection of mostly pink stones on the window sill near where I had set up my easel.

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I was wanting to bring in a really uplifting, loving energy into the space and these stones were just the thing. From left to right they are: Rhomboid Pink Calcite, Pink Tourmaline in Milky Quartz, raw Raspberry Quartz ( a dark kind of rose quartz), raw Garnet, and tumbled Rose Quartz.

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After setting my space up all pretty like I pulled out the small block of rough wood scrap that I had found on the beach recently.  I have been looking forward to painting this and I had a few ideas run through my mind for it.  One was a theme on hearts and another was all flowery.  Neither ended up manifesting this afternoon though.  After several different layers of acrylic paint what finally emerged surprised me.

Blood Moon by Maurie Kirschner

Blood Moon by Maurie Kirschner

 It took me completely by surprise as I found it emerging from my fingertips – yes, it is primarily done with acrylic paint and my fingers.  This piece feels so powerful to me.  I wonder if it is emerging from having been following along on a series put together by Sara Avant Stover on Loving our Moon Cycles.  I’ve found much of what has been shared so far to be incredibly empowering and refreshing, perhaps this is some response to that?  Or perhaps it was emerging from what I was listening to as I painted – an interview with Dr. Mary Pritchard on loving ourselves and our bodies that was also incredibly powerful.  Maybe it’s a combination of both of those things and something more… that is most likely.  Whatever it is and where ever it came from I am quite pleased with the energy of it and with  my afternoon of art surprise.

Elf in an Enchanted Forest – Recent Art

 

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The first step for this art journal spread was to set up some sacred space for creativity – you can see several of my crystal and stone friends as well as my orange candle at the top of the picture.
Then I grabbed some water resistant wax pastels and got all bubbly.

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After the bubbles I started adding bands of water color crayon – blue…

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orange…

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and pink

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Next came running a wet brush over the watercolor crayon then using my handy dandy hair dryer to dry this layer so I could keep working.

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Then I used a section of a heart shaped stamp to give me the bases of a tree canopy and sketched in the long skinny trunks.

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Green water color crayon was added to the canopy of the trees and brushed lightly with water to blend and the trunks were done with water color crayon as well.

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Then an elf (pen, watercolor crayon, colored pencil, and charcoal) showed up in the forest. She is sporting the current rage of hair styles for where she’s from – a purple beehive.

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Once the elves showed up the butterflies (pen and watercolor crayon) just couldn’t help themselves and came for a visit as well.

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The bubbles got all excited and started spinning.

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And the snail (watercolor crayon, pen and stamp) smiled for the camera.

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The end.

Chakra Energies Event – So Worth Sharing!

There’s an event going on right now that I am finding so full of good and helpful information that I really wanted to share it.

Tamara from Pura Vida Crystals  and Andy Valkyrie Divine from Of Divine Essence have started a series of blog posts and videos that dive into the details of our Chakra system, spending several days on each Chakra.  The information they have shared so far has been wonderful and incredibly helpful in so many ways.  I wanted to point anyone who may be interested to this great event.  There are lots of ways to connect and I’m posting the links below.  There’s also a lot of great conversation happening on the Facebook pages in response to all the information being shared.

This is all free and very much worth the time to read and watch. I hope that others will enjoy and benefit from it as much as I am!

Here are the links:

Chakra Energy Facebook Event Page

Pura Vida Crystals Website

Of Divine Essence Website

Pura Vida Crystals Facebook Page

Of Divine Essence Facebook Page

Andy Valkyrie Divine’s You Tube Channel