What To Do if you think You May Be a Crystal Hoarder

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Crystal Hoarding | Part 2
In case you missed Part 1 of this 2 part blog series here’s the link for you: 9 Signs You May be a Crystal Hoarder, Part 1

Listen. I don’t want to “should” on you.

If you feel that being a Crystal Hoarder is perfect for your life path then who am I to tell you any different?

You have to try to go with what your heart is telling you is right for you.  Your heart always knows exactly what is perfect for you…and what’s perfect for your living space. 😉

But if this whole “hoarding” thing is bothering you; thinking that you could possibly be in that “hoarder” category…or maybe you’re someone who is just now looking around & realizing that maybe you’ve been over-collecting without even knowing it (perhaps on the verge of hoarding?)…then let’s look at some steps you can take to get that crystal collection back under control.

6 Tips to Control your Crystal “Clutter” & get out of “Hoarding” Energy
1.  Assess & Inventory

  • Do you have so many crystals that you could open up your own store? (*hey! there’s an idea if you’re an action-taker!*)
  • Do you have stones that you don’t even remember purchasing?

If so, you’ve probably been more focused on the acquiring aspect rather than actually putting the crystals to good use.

And don’t get me wrong; I know how tempting it can be to buy whatever crystal might strike your fancy.

But be intentional with your purchases. Instead of buying the first thing that catches your eye, take a mental inventory first.

2.  Take a physical inventory of your specimens
If you have a large collection, take the time now to go through it. You may find yourself discovering crystals you didn’t even realize you had!

By doing a good job at this & knowing exactly what you already have, you might just realize that you already have one—or even several!—crystals that you could utilize in place of something you’re thinking about purchasing…a suitable alternative. So you don’t really NEED to buy that crystal.
3.  Organize your crystals

Keep Pile– Have one pile that you’re going to keep. These are the crystals that you know you’ll use or that have very special meaning to you.

Get Rid of Pile– The other pile can be crystals that you don’t anticipate using any time in the foreseeable future; that you don’t feel a connection with and wouldn’t mind letting go of. You might choose to sell, trade, or gift them to someone (or to Mama Earth)….more on this in a bit.
The sorting that you do here is actually another special bonding experience you’ll have with your crystals…even those you’re planning on parting ways with.

And the time you dedicate to this activity is an opportunity to not only clean out, but really dive in & get organized with your Crystal Collection. Have fun with this, but stay focused on your priorities!

BTW, I have some more crystal organizing tips over here for the ones you’re keeping.
4.  Be Mindful Before You Buy

  • What do you plan to do with this crystal?
  • How are you going to use it?

This might seem like it’s taking some of the fun out of buying—but in being mindful first,  you’ll keep yourself from making unnecessary purchases & feel really good about the crystals you do very selectively choose to buy.

Take some time to ask yourself: 

  • What is it that you really need?
  • What crystals are going to enhance your capabilities as a healer or in doing self-healing?
  • What are your specific goals with the crystals you currently have, and with any crystals you might possess in the future?

*Sparkle Tip* Journal or jot down your answers.  This can help you remember & keep your goals in mind to avoid future impulse crystal purchases.
5.  Shopping Tips
Something else you might find helpful is to set a budget. And once you set it, commit yourself to sticking to it! This could be a monthly crystal budget or a set limit you impose on yourself before hitting a gem show. Let others know your budget too so they can hold you accountable.

This goes hand-in-hand with being mindful—when you have a set amount of money that you’re going to allow yourself to spend, you’ll want to really consider where you’re putting that money.

I have more smart crystal shopping tips over here.
6.  Purge the Excess
For crystals that are badly damaged or bits & pieces that have chipped off, I like to make an offering by giving them back to the Earth by simply planting them in the soil & letting them become part of the Rock Cycle once more.

Gifting crystals to others is such a heartfelt & beautiful experience for the giver & the receiver. Giving one of your crystals to someone can open that person up to a whole new world of sparkles! It’s a feel good way to lighten your load and share the love of crystals at the same time. Sometimes I like to leave little crystals with a cute note in unexpected places for people to find later: on a park bench or in my cubbie at my exercise class. 🙂

Here I was having some Lemurian points blessed to boost their life force energy on the altar of an ancient Hawaiian heiau (sacred place). I had purchased way too many of them & gifted almost all of them away, while leaving one behind there on the altar

Sometimes, I decide to sell my overabundance of crystals. (This is how I started selling on Etsy back in 2009. And look at where that road has led to now!! I know…insane, right?)

Perhaps they are crystals I never really bonded with & I purchased with the precise intention of selling (**that’s how I dangerously justify the purchases to myself at times…watch out for that one!), but they just ended up hanging around longer than they should have. I tend to do that a lot these days since I only get around to selling about once or twice a year now.

You may be thinking…
What if you regret selling or gifting them later?
Yes, I’ve regretted selling off or gifting out certain pieces.

BUT!…I prepared for it. I knew that would be the case & was at peace with it. If you go into selling or gifting knowing that you’ll probably also bump into some regret then it’s not as big a deal when it hits you.

You already knew you’d have a few regrets possibly pop up.

No biggie.

You can handle them more easily when you’re prepared for them, Lima Bean. 😉

You know what really helps me? Having photos of my crystals that I’ve parted ways with. I can look at them longingly whenever I want to and remember their beauty & know that I made the absolute right decision & that those crystals are now with exactly who they were meant to be with.

In fact, here…let me show one that I have mega regrets about & think back on all the time.

This Smokey Quartz & Citrine Double Terminated Penetrator Twin with Rainbows…

GEO GEEK ALERT: Let me just take a sec to tell you WHY this piece is so special: B/c its an amazing feat of geology! Here you see a Double Terminated Penetrator Twin that got fractured during its growth process & self healed while turning into golden citrine only above the fracture while growing into another smokey quartz! Yep…freakin’ AMAZING & I’ve never seen anything like it! Not to mention all the astounding rainbows that are in this specimen.

So, a few years ago I sold that to a dear sweet soul & I KNOW that crystal is with exactly who it was meant for. I was simply the “foster parent” to facilitate that beautiful union & was honored to do so. 🙂

PLUS! I have photos I can always look at. That makes all this selling stuff a whole lot easier for me; having the photos to look at any time I like. I can even use the photos to tap into the energy of that piece as well!

You can def. do the crystal selling thing too if you wish to…the internet, eBay & Facebook just make it all so freakin’ easy. You can do it!

**But only take this on if you know you’re an action-taker! If you tend to say you’ll do stuff but never actually get around to it then stay away from this option.

Orrrr…you may like to do what I did recently to clear out your stash…

My De-stash for Charity Post/Video

The highest bidder ended up bidding $500 so Hibiscus Moon, LLC matched that with $500 and together we donated the $1K total to 1 of the wonderful charities that we, as a company support, the National Wildlife Federation (this charity was chosen by a  community vote to decide who it would go to).

A win-win all around!

Maybe you could do something similar and it will make you feel really good that so much good is coming from you clearing out space. 🙂

Yeah it was hard for me to do, but I just kept reminding myself that:
simplicity is the path to peace.
By de-cluttering, I’m  creating more space for other things & energies to come into my life. Clutter of any sort can cause energy to stagnate. After de-cluttering your crystal stash…you’ll see.

You’ll get this enormous sense of clarity, lightness & freedom. Peace of mind comes from a clutter-free environment.

And passing the crystal-love on is good.

And charity is good! I know I’ll be doing this cycle again & again in my crystal work/collecting. 

BTW, prehnite (below) is a gemstone that is known to help people who hoard possessions.

Wait.

Then again…isn’t that stone that Sharon added to her collection in that Crystal Hoarder video from part 1?

Hmmmm, forget I said that. 😉

Are you ready to take these steps to get out of hoarding-energy, de-clutter & mindfully move forward as a Crystal Lover?  Are you willing to release the crystals that you no longer need, or you feel belong with someone else?  You can do it, Crystal Hottie!  Please share your journey with us in the comments below.

Crystal Blessings,

P.S. If you think this post can help someone else, please feel free to share it on to them or post on social media. Thanks for sharing the love!♥

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. 😉

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

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!