Crystal Healing Protocols | Thinking Outside the Box

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Hey hey, Crystal Hottie!

Here we are with another “Crystal Healer Interview” today.

And just in case you’re not familiar with my Crystal Healer Interviews, these are guest blog posts that allow me to present crystal healing & therapy to you from another perspective (other than my own). And we’ve got a few Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers & Advanced Crystal Masters who are so generously sharing their stories with us here on my blog.

I’m super-thrilled to introduce you to Certified Crystal Healer, Christina Borger as she shares how she does crystal therapy. She steps outside the usual recommendations and teaches us a bit about her unique methods. 🙂

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What crystal has had the biggest effect on you?
That has actually changed pretty dramatically depending on where I’m at in life.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have been around a good variety of stones and crystals from an early age and when I look back at what I was drawn to and when, it gives an interesting chronicle of my spiritual/emotional development.

For instance, when I was a kid I was really into Tiger’s Eye. At that point in my life I felt really vulnerable and exposed. The tiger’s eye made me feel strong and safe, like I could handle whatever came my way. This was way before I had any idea that crystals could be used that way. I just knew that I loved them and it made me feel good to hold them and look at them.

As a teenager, I lost interest in the tiger’s eye and I was really drawn to amethyst and rose quartz. That was definitely the point when I needed the most calming and love.♥ It was also the time when I was really starting to notice my psychic abilities and I do feel like having amethyst around me enhanced that. The love of Amethyst has stayed with me for a long time. Although I don’t use it in my practice or on myself any more often than I use other stones, it is the one that I seem to end up surrounding myself in. My entire house is filled with Amethyst cathedrals and plates!

As a younger adult, I was very drawn to moss agate. I still am to a good extent. I feel like this was the time when the Earth and Elementals were trying to draw me back after a long absence.  As I child, I’d had a very deep connection to the Earth and was outside constantly. Even now, there is nothing that happens to me that a little time outside won’t fix.

But I had moved into a different sort of spiritual practice that was taking me deep within myself and I was doing a significant amount of self-healing in addition to exploring the mysteries of the Universe.
I feel like the Moss Agate was calling me to not forget that my home is here on the Earth as well as in the Stars and telling me that I needed to ground myself in the Earth and Elemental realms as part of my spiritual evolution too.
These days I’m primarily drawn to Danburite. Only time will tell where it leads, but I have been working more and more with my Spirit Guides and the Ascended Masters and the Danburite has been very helpful to me in making those connections.
How do you navigate being a crystal healer and a mama on a daily basis?
Being a crystal healer really enhances my time with my daughter (and her friends!).

My daughter (now 6) is growing up in a house where grabbing a crystal for almost anything is commonplace. She gives them to her friends, uses them on her dolls, makes and drinks gem elixirs, and uses crystals herself when she has issues. She also sleeps with a giant rose quartz heart and an angel carved from angelite, which keeps her from being scared of the dark.

Since I have a rock shop as well, I’m always giving out free crystals to the neighborhood kids when I have something I think they might like. Most are not aware of the metaphysical properties and I don’t try to tell them about them either. I think at that age, unless you live in a home where these practices are considered normal and accepted, there is no need to foster anything more than the genuine love and appreciation for the crystals that they can discover within themselves.

The kids at my daughter’s school, however, are a different story. She goes to a Waldorf school and most of the families are at least open to alternative therapies and many practice them themselves. The teachers all have amethyst cathedrals and other large crystals in the classroom and often borrow them from my store to use. For instance, right now I have these huge chunks of black tourmaline that are filled with mica inclusions and I am loaning them out to the teachers who are going to use them in the classroom for grounding and transmuting negativity.

What is the primary way you utilize crystals in your practice?
I will do chakra balancing layouts from time-to-time, especially when a client is new and I’m getting to know them, but I really prefer to pick one specific issue and really focus on working through it. In that circumstance I will typically chose one large crystal in conjunction with essential oils, Reiki and guided visualization. How exactly this all works together varies from client to client.

Here’s an example; I have a really big piece of rough green calcite that clients with heart chakra issues respond really well to. It’s too big to place on the body, so I will have the client lay down on his/her side and I will place the stone on the massage table right up against the heart chakra.♥

While they are relaxing into the energy, I will massage their hands and feet (I am a licensed massage therapist) with whatever oil feels appropriate. I often use “Heart Aroma Oil” by Mountain Rose Herbs, or the “Joy” or “Release” essential oil blends by Young Living. The massage and aromas really help the client to relax and let in the healing energy.

At that point, I will usually do some Reiki or walk them through a guided meditation if I feel called to do so. I keep this process relatively short, because I have found that many clients will actually start to feel a dull ache in the chakra if I let them sit with the stone for 20 minutes or more. I think it’s because the energy of the stone is so strong that it will cause them to release more than they may be ready to, so I keep this treatment to 5-15 minutes depending on the client.

With that type of session, I’d also use a really strong grounding stone like lodestone, because the healing can be so intense. After the session I will typically give the client a drink that is a decoction of herbs (specific to their needs) infused with rose quartz and clear quartz. With heart chakra issues I generally prefer a Lunar infusion, if possible, because it is more soothing to the emotional body.

 

Lately, I’ve also been really drawn to using opals with clients.

Up until the last couple of years, I hadn’t really considered using them, but now they seem to come up a lot for me and I have really enjoyed using them in my practice. These are “common opals”, not “precious opals” which have a much more intense energy. Common opals have lovely, gentle energies and are great for using with sensitive people and children. In fact, I often find myself using pink opal with children as much if not more often than rose quartz.
Opals are particularly good for people under emotional stress as their energy is very nurturing and supportive.
My favorite one to use is the beautiful Violet Flame Opal. This stone is amazing for transmuting negative emotions. So many people have hurt or anger or tension in relationships that they deal with on a daily basis. The Violet Flame Opal works to turn these negative emotions into higher emotions of love, forgiveness, and open-mindedness.

For most, just sitting with the stone for a bit and gazing into its color is enough to bring about a change in attitude. But when a more intense healing session is called for I will place:

  • a Black Tourmaline in the root chakra area for grounding
  • a Violet Flame Opal on both the Heart and Crown Chakras
  • On the Sacral, Solar Plexus, and Third Eye chakras I will place a double terminated Quartz point.

You could also place a Violet Flame Opal on the Third Eye chakra in place of the quartz point. I make that call on a case-by-case basis.
What is your go-to crystal for grounding?
With clients, I often end up using Hematite. Not always, but it is the one I feel called to most often.

For myself though, it’s definitely moss agate. I know that’s not a stone that many use for grounding purposes, but I think that is unfortunate because it is really amazing!

For me, it’s the second best thing to getting out in nature for bringing me back to earth and into balance.
I have a really big tumbled piece and I love to hold it and look into all the beautiful green and blue and white. It makes me feel so calm and connected to the Earth, and the appearance of the stone itself is amazingly Earth-like!

I’ve also always been drawn to Elementals. I think this is why it’s the best “grounder” for me because I definitely feel a big increase in Elemental energy around me whenever I use it and that is very soothing for me.
What 3 energy-work or spirituality books are you loving right now?
I am a huge fan of Rudolf Steiner. It would be hard to describe all the ways that his work has helped me to grow spiritually. A good first read for those who are unfamiliar with his work would be the book, “How to Know Higher Worlds“:

As for healing work, I have found “The Key to Self Liberation: 1,000 Diseases and Their Psychological Origins” by Christiane Beerlandt to be absolutely indispensable.

She goes into great detail about the underlying emotional issues behind each illness, which is extremely helpful when choosing the right stone or method for yourself or a client. And, I have never had an instance where she was incorrect about the underlying problem. I was fortunate enough to pick this book up about 3 years ago when it was only $35. However, it is now out of print and if you are lucky enough to find a copy you will pay a pretty penny for it. If you do find a copy though, its worth its weight in gold! Maybe if enough of us start asking, they will bring it back into circulation!

I am also really loving “Hands of Light” by Barbara Brennan. Its full of insights into the root emotional causes of illnesses and blockages and gives detailed guidance on healing techniques. If you like to use a pendulum on chakras, she also has an amazing guide on what the exact movements of the pendulum mean for the way in which the chakra is moving or blocked.

Christina’s Bio:  Christina is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki practitioner, Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer, Clinical Nutritionist and Herbalist in practice in the North Houston area. You can visit her at www.wildwomanrockandgem.com.

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Hibiscus again here…

Wasn’t that refreshing? Thank you, Christina, for sharing your personal sparkly journey with us & all your fascinating crystal protocols!

If you resonate with anything Christina has shared with us here please leave a comment below. 🙂

Crystal Blessings,

Hibiscus Moon

Finding Synergy with a Blend of Healing Practices

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Hey hey, Crystal Hottie!

We’re back with another “Crystal Healer Interview” today!

The Crystal Healer Interview blog posts are a SPECIAL series where some of our Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers & Advanced Crystal Masters take over the blog. This allows me to bring crystal healing to you through the eyes of another.  I’m so deeply grateful to these inspiring individuals for generously sharing their stories with us.  I learn so much through them.

Today we’re going to meet Certified Crystal Healer, Carrie Hensley!

Carrie shares with us her love for Yoga, Ayurveda & Crystal Healing  + working her Dharma while integrating Eastern & Western Medicine. The beauty she brings to our world is truly inspiring. YES. Good stuffs!

And Here’s Carrie …

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What brought you to the world of crystal healing?
There were a few things.

First of all, I have been following Hibiscus Moon for about 5 years now. I appreciate her authenticity and scientific approach. I truly adore her passion and wisdom. It is evident that she lives and breathes crystals.

The other two things that brought me to the world of crystal healing were yoga and Ayurveda.

I have been teaching yoga for 18 years. From these two ancient traditions; dis-ease begins on the energetic or subtle body level. Crystal healing occurs at this energetic level.

The three practices of Crystal Healing, Yoga & Ayurveda work synchronistically. It has become another tool to offer my students in terms of empowered healing.
What crystal has had the biggest effect on you?
Hands down the crystal that has had the biggest effect on me is celestite.

My soul is so drawn to this stone that I have:

  • one that I use for clients
  • one for personal use
  • and a geode that I keep in my sacred space

What do others in your life think about the path you’re on?
I am fortunate that most of the people in my life are on a similar path. Many of us see the importance of integrative medicine, the marriage between Eastern & Western medicine.

It’s fascinating to think that it has been only since the 80s & 90s, with the work of incredible pioneering scientists like Dr. Bruce Lipton & Dr. Candace Pert, that we recognized the inter-connectivity of the immune, endocrine and nervous systems.
As we continue to face a health care crisis in the U.S., it is my sincere hope that we will continue to look towards alternative practices, like crystal healing, in terms of preventative medicine.
What is the primary way you utilize crystals in your practice?
Personally, I use crystals during my daily meditation practice. The meditation might be an overall chakra meditation with stones placed at each chakra or the meditation might be sitting with an aragonite cluster in each palm.

In my work with students and clients, I do the traditional Hibiscus Moon Method of crystal healing. I allow my intuition to guide me during the session as we work to clear and unblock the chakras, help alleviate any physical and emotional pain and help restore balance back to the body, mind & spirit.

What are your BIG DREAMS now that you’ve graduated?
My big picture vision has always been to help end world suffering, called Dukha in Sanskrit.

Currently, I design yoga programs for special needs populations, such as seniors, breast cancer patients and those suffering from anxiety, depression and addiction, by integrating Eastern & Western medicine. Moving forward, I will continue to design more of these programs and integrate crystal healing.

The other part of this is teaching yoga teachers how to integrate these crystal healing practices into their own teachings so that we continue to introduce other aspects of yoga and not just the postures; to educate others that disease occurs at the energetic level first.
What do you love most about working with crystals?
I see the difference the crystals make in my own life and in the lives of my students & clients. It is extremely empowering to take responsibility for your own health. I love to teach my students how they can integrate crystals into their lives, on a daily basis, mainly through the chakras.

What 3 energy-work or spirituality books are you loving right now?
I LOVE books!

My favorite 3 energy-work books currently are:

Yoga of the Subtle Body

This is a fantastic book to understand the physical and subtle anatomy of the body in terms of the yoga perspective.

Another favorite book is Energy Medicine

Finally, I love Creating on Purpose

One of the reasons I love all of these books is there are many exercises to reflect on and take inspired action to make a difference in our own lives.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering this path?
Do it!

The personal growth and awareness you will receive is worth it alone!
If you are called to being a conduit for healing, becoming a Certified Crystal Healer will provide countless opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.
I wish I would have done it years ago! That being said, I am grateful I finally made the investment in myself and my career.

Carrie’s Bio: I own an online yoga community and help women connect to their inner guru. My dharma (life’s purpose) is to teach women how to live on their terms and reclaim their intrinsic worth.  You can find Carrie at www.carriehensley.com

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Hibiscus again here…

Thank you, Carrie, for sharing your personal sparkly journey with us & all your wonderful crystal insights! I love how you’ve merged the world of yoga with crystals. They’re such a natural fit.

If you resonate with anything Carrie has shared here with us…please leave a sparkly comment below. 🙂

Crystal Blessings,

Do you have the RIGHT STUFF to be a Crystal Healer? | It’s Not for Everybody

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Do you wonder if you have the “right stuffs” to be a crystal healer?

I mean this world of being a crystal healer or energy worker…it’s not meant for everyone.

(I decided here to revamp an old popular blog post on this subject & make it even better. Let’s do this thing!)

And I don’t mean that you must have an innate special talent…b/c in my course I teach that we aren’t some kind of special people, that we simply act as facilitators for others to heal themselves.
So what do I mean by the “right stuff”?
Do you have a good handle or control over your emotions, over checking yourself before you react to something you perceive as negative?

If you fly off the handle often, you may not be ready to go out there & be a teacher, a healer, spread light. I feel that you need to remember to be in heart center as much as you possibly can in order to benefit others in the best way possible. You must be able to leave your baggage at the door when facilitating for others.

I was recently reminded of this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. (a true light worker):

The sentiment & the point behind that POWERFUL quote is so needed in today’s world now more than ever.  I myself need to remember it more often.

So, if someone’s doing something that you absolutely detest, that you abhor, that you spend your time & energy trying to get rid of it…it’s a cause that you champion & you throw money at it & you donate time to it…because you really can’t stand it: you know…like children in the sex slave industry or dolphins being abused & forced to perform in shows and, and, and…my goodness it can go on & on & on….HOW DO YOU REACT TOWARDS THEM?

Some of us get extremely passionate about things like that. And rightly so! The fact that certain causes elicit such passion is a wonderful thing, because we need people to be passionate about it, in order to get everybody aware, then riled up & get rid of it! This is how CHANGE happens.

But if you’re going to be passionate & hateful…full of anger about it: what do you think you’re going to do to the people who are making you angry, the people who are doing things that you feel are wrong, that are making this hate swell up in you?
You’re going to amplify it
Hate begets more hate.

Anger begets more anger.

You getting dark about it is going to get them darker about it. You’re not going to get them to learn anything! See your side? Now, you’ve blinded them! What’s worse? You’re not going to change anything. You’re just putting more anger into the world.

Now, think about it: if you’re able to, have the wisdom & control to suppress that anger & that hate & approach it with love…as passionate as you are about that topic, whatever it is…

The person that’s causing that anger to develop inside you might actually listen. They might learn something from you & the seed of a change in perspective might get planted.

I feel that’s the best way. That’s your best bet in getting them to listen & to learn & to change things for the better.

Like I said before, I am not perfect in this, but it’s something I strive for & that I am aware of.

Some of you don’t agree with this at all. And that’s OK. Some may even get mad at me for saying it. (But please don’t get angry here as this is my home & I keep it very clean).

So now, think about how it would be if you were to approach that person or the topic in general..that person or topic that is doing the wrong towards that thing that you’re passionate about…but approach it with love.♥

Love will change things, Sweet Pea.

And if you already have control of yourself & your behavior in this way…well, in my opinion: YOU have the right stuff to be a crystal healer!
Take Responsibility
This is a quote from Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor that I feel is so appropriate for us to remember:

“Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.”

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So important in fact that we’ve woven it deeply into my Certified Crystal Healer Course and made it a part of our Certified Crystal Healer Code of Ethics by taking it a little further to say:
“Please be responsible for the energy you bring into any transaction“.
And a transaction is not just about money, after all, money = energy.

It’s about transacting energy.

It’s about interacting with other people, with another being in any way. So you can see how this applies especially to a crystal healing session.

So yes, I require that our students be mindful of the energy they bring into a transaction of any sort. Of course, we’re not looking for perfection, but you are held to a certain standard. And while they’re in the academy, we keep a watch on that. Hold them accountable. I feel that’s our duty before allowing someone to graduate with a certification from the HMCA.

No, not everybody gets to graduate as a Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healer just because they enrolled in my course. I always say that here at the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy, you pay for the education, but you must EARN the certification.

Just like in a University that has any integrity (& a lot of them are losing that these days), if you don’t uphold the values, standards & principles of that University, or you don’t get the required grades OR show poor behavior, poor character; you’re not going to graduate from that institution. And rightly so!

Because where would the integrity of that institution go? How would that seem fair to the alumni that have graduated, met requirements & earned a degree from there? The clout that the certification or degree carries along with the expectations behind it would be completely absent if anybody who paid the bill got to graduate.

How unethical would that be?

It would cheapen it & devalue it for everyone involved. It would be a joke if you showed up with a degree from Yale if everybody could get one just by paying for it!

I feel very strongly that there should be accountability, standards, assessment, integrity & showing a good example with any institution that an energy worker graduates & earns credentials from. **I’ve heard some places are giving certificates away for free as a bonus perk for buying something else!**

No assessment? No standards? No code of ethics? Does the person who has been certified have control over their reactions? Their energy? Have they shown mastery of certain concepts?

OK, let me also make it clear that I don’t feel you MUST have a certification in place to be a crystal healer (I’ve discussed that before here.)

But for goodness sake, if you DO want to be certified, let’s have some integrity, standards & dignity behind it. Make it meaningful. Unless, you’re simply interested in achieving yet another certificate to hang on your ego wall. **You know…some people do it just for that. Know anyone like that? Hey, that’s cool if that’s your gig!**

This is just how I feel. And I feel confident in saying that our Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers feel the same way & are proud that we don’t let just anyone graduate unchecked…and feel confident in knowing that they EARNED the certification they received from HMCA. 🙂

So what if the uncontrolled anger is a problem for you & its something you want to get into check? Here’s a great technique!
90 Seconds to Happiness
No, this isn’t some middle school make-out game!

So, something’s got you upset & you’re about to exchange words with someone. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (yep, there she is again…this is 1 smart lady!) says to “take 90 seconds” – she calls it “90 Seconds to Happiness”. Take 90 seconds to process before you react. This gives time for your anger hormones (adrenaline + noradrenaline) that auto-trigger you to flow through your system & dissipate. The key is to REMEMBER to do it…that’s the hard part. The other part is easy, right?

I then recommend (if you can remember…and, boy do I try) ask yourself,

  • “Am I coming from heart center? Is this reaction coming from a place of compassion & understanding?”
  • “Is this reaction going to allow for the greatest good for all involved?”
  • “Does this reaction have nothing to do with the person or being I’m about to react with?”

Could it be something else is going on that is causing you to react in an inappropriate way to this situation?

For instance, you’re a crystal healer & you’re about to work with a client or facilitate a circle & you’re reacting negatively to something that happened previously; has nothing to do with this person. Check that energy at the door or it will affect this session. You must be able to do this.
I feel that if you don’t have the ability to do that on a regular basis, not every single time, but on a regular basis (at least 70% of the time) then you need to work on that before you work on others.
And I’m sorry if this offends you, and I’m sorry if this pushes your buttons and I’m sorry if this triggers you.

But, if it does, there’s something to look at there.

No, it’s not for everybody. And that’s OK.

And there’s no judgment on my part on you if you’re not cut out for it yourself & I’m certainly not perfect on this path.
We all need to work on this
And for some reason, this is harder to do with those we feel most comfy with. Boy, do I know that! With those we’re more guarded with we simply behave better. Yeah, I’m pointing the finger at myself. Some are in better control & don’t have to work as hard. **I strive for that & am working on it everyday.**

No, we’re not all cut out to do this work. It’s not for everybody. But I do think that everybody has it within them to change that….IF THEY WANT TO.

Please do feel free to share your stories, comments & respectful opinions below. I want to hear what you think & so do others, Lima Bean!