you are such a beautiful soul, and your blog is one of the most interesting ones I've ever stumbled upon. I have lots of questions, because everything you write about is so interesting, but I won't be annoying and ask a million :) what can you tell me about your use of crystals and how they work?
I’m happy to hear that & thanks for the birthday wishes. & please, ask whatever you please!
the power of crystals can be explained lots of different ways. they carry electrical charges that can be transmitted to us, since we’re electric beings as well. their consistent & steady vibrations balance the fluctuations of our chakras. they might even have their own kind of ‘intelligence.’ and they’ve definitely been used by humans all over the planet as tools, relics, and healing agents for a very, very long time. the best way to understand how they work, of course, is to experience their power first-hand :)
I’ve been carrying a clear quartz crystal point around with me for years, and even before I started learning about crystals I knew it had special healing powers. I don’t remember where it came from but we were definitely drawn to each other. I think if you walk into any crystal shop (or maybe even go crystal-hunting outdoors!) you’ll find the perfect crystal for you. or it will find you.
I’d love to go on & on, but here’s a great database for healing properties, uses & meanings of specific crystals: http://thunderhealing.org/ I’m learning more all the time! it’s really fascinating. <3
“O nourishing Sun, solitary traveler, controller, source of life for all creatures, spread your light and subdue your dazzling splendor so that I may see your blessed Self. Even that very Self am I!”—Isha Upanishad (16)
Om represents the vibration which brings forth, sustains, and contains the phenomenal universe Sat-Chit-Ananda is original Being that witnesses the phenomenal as awareness and whose nature of being is peace and bliss Parabrahman is absolute transcendence Purushottama refers to the embodied godhead Paramatma refers to the immanent divine Sri Bhagavati refers to the divine feminine Sametha indicates the polar co-dependence and unity of the two Sri Bhagavate refers to the divine masculine Namaha stands for the tribute and prostration to the reality of Being
“To dwell in the joy that springs from the mind’s constant occupation with things divine is man’s duty. Thinking of anything other than God is what creates sorrow. Be it mantra japa, be it meditation, worship, perusal of sacred texts, the simple awareness of God or a like device, be it kirtan or religious music — all these are different modes of being in the divine Presence. One should always remain engaged in one of them, in fact never be without Him.”—
on this lovely summer solstice I enjoyed a very powerful yoga practice at my favorite studio in my favorite part of the city. we were encouraged to work with our own mantras, and by the time we came to rest in savasana my own, aham prema, was so much a part of my breath & being that even now, still, I feel it permeating, immanent in the air around me, resplendent in every molecule inside. I am Love.
which means, of course: all is Love!
but also, as always, aham shanti - the class was shaped around an understanding of Peace, of cultivating it within ourselves by absorbing it from the environment, from the positive energy in the room (which was astounding, down to the incredible harmonies of our aum), from the light inside us that embodies it always. we were radiantly peaceful. I felt it coming off my neighbors in waves, like ether, enveloping every body in the room with calm, intelligent bliss. om shanti, shanti, shanti—
and so, today, this northern hemisphere of our planet moves into true summer. our beautiful sun moves into cancer (my sun sign!). and we move into peace, then fall into Love.
While shifting into the fifth dimension, you will increasingly see that space and distance are only illusions of the material plane. You are always and immediately connected to others who are your soul and heart family, no matter where they may be on the planet. The Internet has taught you in a physical way how the illusion of space can be bridged. You will soon understand that within yourselves you have the ability to maintain these links telepathically with those to whom you are connected.
yesss! this has been happening with increasing frequency.
a buddhist artist here in san diego is making it… I spent quite a while waiting for my ‘dream’ mala to materialize, then realized I had to help bring it into being myself! I’ll def post a photo when it’s finished and (I hope) pass on the recommendation :)
this weekend I’m having a custom 108 bead mala made just for me. the beads will be made of nangka, the auspicious, light & musical wood of the jackfruit tree (a sustainable resource!); the counter beads will be made of rose quartz; and the guru bead will be made of colorless crystal quartz, finished with a light pink tassel.
a mala is like a buddhist rosary - you hold & thumb each bead clockwise as you practice japa/mantra, and when you come to the guru bead, you go back the way you came, acknowledging and bowing to your teachers & then going back to your meditation. after enough use or wear, the cord will break, sending the beads everywhere, but this is said to be a good omen, a sign of protection (the mala has absorbed some ill will meant for you), and/or an indication that you’ve been practicing a lot! it’s easy enough to restring, and start anew - I love the symbolism there, too.
rose quartz engenders universal love thru love for the self (and, by extension, Self) & heals the heart, balancing the anahata chakra to build compassion and loving-kindness. clear quartz balances the sometimes polarizing effects of other crystals for a more harmonious practice. (yes, I’ve been learning a lot about crystals and how/why they work!) <3
I am so excited to receive this unbelievably special gift to celebrate another revolution around the sun!
“After all, love is our true nature. When we do not express love in our words and actions it is like honey hidden in a rock. It is of no use to anyone. This mutual sharing and expressing of love should begin at home between married couples and between parents and children. Only then will there be peace and harmony at home and in the society.”—
yoshimi came up to me while I was in sirsasana II and started licking my forearm and running circles around my head. I find this variation so much easier than doing the posture with elbows on the ground, but this might just be because I learned it when I was in elementary school and the alignment, balance & body-trust is so ingrained.
speaking of ingrained, yosh is a natural born yogini - besides her grace in movement, when she does come to a resting pose, it’s normally sphinx, with her legs straight out behind her. she even does a sphinx-like smile, which is all in the eyes. (so why on earth is this ‘rabbit pose,’ then?)
“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of yoga.”—Swami Kripalu
“Music holds a very high place in the practice of yoga. I would even say that without music, it is impossible to attain to the Lord. For the Lord himself is music. In Indian we say “Nada Brahma” which means Sound is God. It is just like the place in the Bible where it says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God.” If we live a musical life, we can say that we are living a life of sadhana, a spiritual life. Music is the greatest intoxicant in the world. When one is totally intoxicated by music he goes into samadhi.”—Swami Kripalu
years ago, a yoga instructor suggested I take six months off, retreat to kripalu in western massachusetts, really devote myself to my practice, and everything in my then-wayward life would fall into place. though it sounded amazing, the flow of kala took me elsewhere until, this morning, v & I attended a kripalu yoga class. it was seemingly all about alignment and attention - the details of anatomy, the deliberateness of prana - and I became aware that, the more we devote ourselves to practice, the more everything does truly fall into place, as if life has just been waiting for us to align with it & carry us home. the simplicity of being! the clarity of the path ahead, which can really only go one place, the destination of which, of course, we’ve known all along. the lungs are open. the spine finds its integrity. the path is clear. we only have to walk it, with love, in amazing grace.
“The light of the world comes and goes, it is unstable. The Light that is eternal can never be extinguished. By this Light you behold the outer light and everything in the universe; it is only because It shines ever within you, that you can perceive the outer light. Whatever appears to you in the universe is due solely to that great Light within you, and only because the Supreme Knowledge of the essence of things lies hidden in the depths of your being is it possible for you to acquire knowledge of any kind.”—Sri Anandamayi Ma