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

Detailed Manifestation Ritual for Summer Solstice in 7 Steps

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The natural rhythms of the earth & auspicious days in the cosmic cycle are excellent times to cultivate new or deepen & renew our manifestation rituals.

While our Western World Gregorian calendar places January as the start of our New Year, ancient & Earth-based cultures actually consider the vernal equinox to be the true start; and for good reason.

The spring equinox represents a time to plant seeds & manifest. It’s a time of fertility, growth, and new beginnings!

But when the Summer Solstice is upon us, as it is today in the Northern Hemi (Winter solstice for you in the Southern Hemi), we usher in a time to develop & grow those intentions that we planted at the spring equinox.

Summer is a time of lush abundance & growth. 🙂
Right now is the time of reaping rewards, harvesting and manifestation energy, Baby!

And it ain’t just for farmers. 😉
Crystals for Summer Solstice
Here are a selection of crystals I like to use to vibe up with the very specific energetic frequencies of Summer Solstice:

  • sunstone
  • pyrite
  • citrine
  • amber
  • tiger’s eye
  • sulfur

Notice a theme there with the stones?

Yes, I’m very intentionally choosing stones from a specific light frequency (aka color) to align us with the correct energies for solstice time….like this shiny natural pyrite cube.

Summer Solstice Ritual
Here I’ve outlined the steps in my own potent summer solstice manifestation ritual:

  •  Go to your sacred space. Doesn’t need to be elaborate…just any space you can be quiet in, that is special to you & allows you to focus on the task at hand; surround yourself with crystals, summer flowers, music & diffuse some essential oils. OR you can do this outdoors: perhaps in your backyard or by the ocean or in the mountain air. Infinite possibilities!
  • Energetically clear the space you’ll be using.  You can do this easily with sound acoustics. That’s my favorite way… using a rattle, drum, crystal singing bowl or any musical instrument which calls attention to the beginning (and later, the ending) of your ritual. You can also sing or chant to do this.
  • Set your intentions for this ritual with a list. Since this is a time of development, growth & lush abundance, I try to set intentions related to that.
    • Is it time to grow your savings account? Grow your business? Increase the number of friends you have or a time to develop your education & learning or do some self-development? 
    • Write your 3 manifestation intentions down on a small piece of paper so you can refer to it. Be sure to include a specific timeline & be as clear and precise as you can but keep it about YOU.
    • (A gentle reminder: No manipulation of other people’s personal will as that’s something I never recommend).
  • Get Focused. First hold the special crystals you’ll be using for this ritual in your hands & then focus on the natural rhythm of your breath. Allow yourself to begin to breathe more deeply, filling your lungs all the way to the bottom taking the deepest breaths you’ve taken in a while & then squeezing all the air out of your lungs. Notice how your body responds.
  • Visualize each item on your list very clearly. Notice every detail. Imagine it happening through your feelings & senses. Do the same for your next 2 intentions.
  • Put your verbal energy into it & declare it to the Universe. While still holding your crystal(s) out loud and with energy say,  “And so it is!”…or some variation; Aho! Amen! So mote it be! …you get the picture.
  • End with sound acoustic vibration to seal the deal.  Again using your preferred method: rattle, drum, crystal singing bowl, etc.
  • Want more?

    You can take all week to still work with the energies of the Summer Solstice as we’ll still be in the vibration & energies for a few more days & you can take that time to go deeper.

    Once a year at Summer Solstice, I offer my Summer Solstice Meditation eKit where I go over specific herbs & essential oils you can use to further amplify the power of your crystals… along with a guided video meditation & detailed summer solstice ritual and a bunch of other goodies all bundled up in my Summer Solstice Glitter Bundle!

    Happy Sparkly Summer Solstice to you!

    Navigating Depression; How Crystals Can Help

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    At one time or another, I’d guess that everyone has been touched by depression.

    Some of us end up battling with it more than others.

    I personally know depression from all sides. I’ve experienced it myself & have had several close family members who’ve had to deal with it.

    I know that it’s debilitating & it can make you anxious b/c you’re so desperate to just get out of that feeling of hopelessness. There are many different levels & shades of depression & all may need to be dealt with differently.

    BUT whatever method is your chosen method to help heal & deal, I feel any sound holistic healthy approach can be amplified & enhanced through the use of energy work & crystals. So this is the perfect spot for my…

    BORING DISCLAIMER: I think you already know that I’m not a doctor & am not giving medical advice. I feel crystals should be used as a compliment to & not as a replacement for regular medical and/or psychological care & consultation.

    Here’s a recent question I received:

    Q: I’ve been searching all over the internet for depression specific crystal suggestions.  Do you have a go-to crystal prescription for depression?

    Good Question!  Let’s dive in …

    Crystals for Depression
    Now the first suggestion I have is a mineral.  As I teach in my Certified Crystal Healer Course, all minerals are crystals at the microscopic level…even if you can’t see the crystals with the naked eye. So this pick, it’s a common one.  Most of us have it in one way, in one form of jewelry or another…
    Yellow Gold
    Yellow gold is great for busting us out of depression. It has a very strong male energy and along with that strong-push-male energy, it has a very motivating kind of energy, which is usually just what we need to get us out of that depressed feeling.
    Ocean Jasper
    In the above video, I have ocean jasper in this nice little pendant coupled with peridot.

    Ocean Jasper is great for coping with change.

    Many times big changes in our lives are what precipitates or causes depression. Ocean Jasper gives you the strength to cope with that change.

    It’s also is about bringing in that element of water; it has a lot of water energy so it’s about renewal.  If you need to renew what’s going on in your life, to get over this depression period, then ocean jasper helps bring in that washing away cleansing and renewal energy.
    Citrine
    Citrine is a commonly-recommended crystal for depression. It’s one that I’ve talked about often. Citrine comes in handy for a lot of life’s little curve balls and it’s known as a “happy stone”.

    It helps bring in a happy sunny disposition; happy energy. It doesn’t need to be a natural Citrine like these shown below:

    You can choose to work with the heat-treated variety just as well…

    I do always say, though, that the natural citrine packs a way more powerful punch than the treated variety. I’ve talk about that before so you can check out some of my other videos on citrine and why it’s heated and what that does.

    It’s not a bad thing though at all.
    Amber
    I can’t recommend this one enough.

    However, I do have to caution that it is becoming relatively difficult to find natural true amber.

    I was given an amber gift and it turned out to be a resin, it was totally plastic. 🙁 So again, here’s a link to my blog post on how to tell the difference between real amber and fake amber.

    So anyway…amber is wonderful for chasing the blues away.

    Amber helps with S.A.D.; seasonal affective disorder. Many of us who experience a lack of sunlight or lack of vitamin D fall into a winter depression during the colder winter months…most especially if you live in a climate where the winter season is very extreme or long. So if you do fall victim to that perhaps wearing some amber jewelry (authentic amber jewelry) can really help you out with the S.A.D. and coping with that.
    Rose Quartz
    My next pick for working through depression is Rose Quartz and I recently did a video all about rose quartz.

    Rose quartz is wonderful for any kind of emotional healing, compassion, and just general “feel great” energy. ♥
    Tiger’s Eye
    And my last pick for crystals and stones to work with your depression is tiger’s eye. In my video you’ll notice I’m actually wearing some tiger’s eye rings. ?

    Tiger’s eye gives us strength & it helps us balance in the extremes.  You know, if you’re really having a hard bout of depression if you’re in the really extreme lows of the lows, tiger’s eye is a good one to go to.

    It’s also got a very protective quality, giving you the strength that you need to help balance out so that you’re not in the throes of the extremes.  It’s a great stone to work with for someone affected by bipolar disorder; that is dealing with the extremes (extreme highs and extreme lows).
    Now Let’s TAWK SCIENCE!
    In a scientific experiment published in 1993, a quartz crystal presented to depressed test subjects improved long-term healing when compared to a placebo fake glass crystal.

    70% continued improvement with the quartz crystal vs. 30% continued improvement with those presented with the placebo. BOOO-YAH!

    This is HUGE!

    That’s actually 2x as good as antidepressants…w/o the nasty side effects. Not saying that you should dump your antidepressants (as they do have their place) but to have a powerful tool available to you like that in the form of a crystal?! HUGE.

    First, I want to be sure to add in the non-crystal tips that I feel you should tap into alongside crystal healing b/c it’s recommend over & over again…& I know it worked for me:

    • Get regular exercise, consistently. Get those endorphins flowing. Helps so much with hormone balancing! I know it may feel like the very last thing you want to do, but trust me…it helps so very much!
    • Get your hormones checked & safely balanced with a natural bio-identical alternative (especially if you’re in hormone-decline years {can start as early as age 35}…yes, this applies to males also!)
    • If you tend towards a lack of sleep, get caught up. Makes a big difference.
    • Eat clean! Eating junk is only hurting you, so clean up that diet.

    Depression-Busting Crystal Tips
    1. Crystal MeditationSelf-Medicate? No, Self-Meditate! Grab your fav. crystal from my above list, put on a guided meditation (like this one) and go relax for about 15 min. I guarantee you’ll feel much better afterwards.

    2. Adopt good sleep habits with the help of crystals

    3. Have a Berry Banana Depression Busting Smoothie at least 4 times/week (Great for mood boosting & energy!); High in vitamin C, omega 3, fiber, anti-oxidants, amino acids, protein & potassium, all of which help to boost your brain function & beat the blues away.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Berries
    • 1/2 Cup Citrine Gem Elixir Water (just drop a citrine stone into distilled water overnight)
    • 1 Small Organic Banana
    • 1 tsp colloidal gold
    • 1 Tbsp. organic local (if possible) raw honey
    • 1 Tbsp. silica (yep, same stuff quartz crystals are made of!)
    • 1 Tbsp. local (if possible) Bee Pollen
    • 2 Tbsp. Hemp Protein Powder

     

    4. Good Mood Mojo Bag: Work with a chosen crystal from above to kill the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts; coined by Dr. Daniel Amen) that fuel depression.

    Negative thinking patterns provide the gas for anxiety & depression, not to mention that thoughts become things! Eeeek. Create a mojo kit just for this! Grab a little bag of some sort, add in a crystal or 2 then add in some Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Mandarin essential oils along with a mix of lemon balm & lavender herbs. Carry it around with you in your pocket.

    BAM! You’ll see. 😉This recipe is also in my pdf. Did you download it yet?

    5. Anti-Depression Gem Elixir Tea (with any herbs…if you’re taking any antidepressants be sure to check with your Dr. first!):

    Ingredients:

    • Fill a small tea infuser ball with…
    • St. John’s Wort organic herb
    • Siberian Ginseng organic herb
    • Citrine & Tiger’s Eye tumbled stones…yep, plop them right in a few minutes after you’ve made your tea so it’s not too hot.
    • Optional: sweeten it up a bit with some Raw Organic Honey

    This recipe is also in my pdf. Did you download it yet? Hmmm?

    6. Blues-Busting Stress Release Bath: Soak it up with a few drops of lavender essential oil, then drop in an amber, rose quartz & citrine tumbled stones. Ahhhh, relaxing & mood-boosting.

    I hope that these tips can help you or someone you love navigate some of the challenges depression can bring.

    I’d love to hear what you think of my Crystal Picks in the comments below + any other ideas you’ve had success with in combating the blues. Thank you for sharing in the comments! 

    Crystal Blessings!