Today, I bring to you another inspiring story to add GLITTER + SPARKLE to you day. This Crystal Healer interview is so filled with inspiration + BIG DREAMS that your motivation cup will overflow. That’s why I asked Crystalline Cohort, Karen Shaw to do this interview for us here today. She totally turned her life around & is living in her BLISS!
You can just drink up her sparkling energy from her photo alone!
Thank you Karen! Take it away:
So, what brought you to the world of crystal healing?
My journey to the world of crystal healing was an unexpected one. A few years ago, the pharmaceutical company I worked for downsized, and I lost my longtime office job. A full time working mother of four, my confidence (and my identity) took a battering. With life as I knew it changing, I grappled with who I was and where I was going.
Then one day I passed my teenage son’s room and the eclectic collection of crystals on his dresser caught my eye. In the midst of various tumbles, there sat a small orange stone. Compelled to pick it up, I “borrowed” his crystal, which turned out to be orange calcite. I dubbed the stone “Little Rock” and carried it everywhere. Somehow, having Little Rock close lifted my spirits.
Fascinated and somewhat baffled by my reaction, I simply had to learn more. A few books and several crystals later, I still had more questions than answers. I realized I’d fallen in love with crystals, but did they really work on physical, mental and spiritual levels? In my quest for answers, destiny sent me straight to Hibiscus Moon Academy where I learned the science behind the magic and discovered my life’s passion.
What crystal has the biggest effect on you?
It depends on what day it is! I feel the pull of whichever stone being “calls” to me during a particular time-frame. I may feel compelled to work with amethyst one week, chrysanthemum stone another and then my empowering scepter quartz leaps off the shelf, demanding my attention.
When I hear the call, I listen closely as there’s always a message waiting to be unveiled.
At the moment, I’m working with a gorgeous white calcite sphere with rainbows. I meditate with her at night before slipping her under my pillow. She’s a gorgeous stone for dream facilitation and connecting with spirit.
What do others in your life think about the path you are on? How do you navigate being a crystal healer and a mama on a daily basis?
I am so blessed to have my family’s full support. My sister is a beautiful, spiritual light-worker who has encouraged and inspired me every step of the way. At the other end of the cheering squad is my husband, a PhD chemist. I enjoy a wonderful balance of “metaphysical meets science” between the two of them. As for my children, ages 22 through 16, they no longer bat an eye at Mom’s crystal grids, eclectic altars or her beloved Tibetan singing bowl, bought courtesy of their science-minded step dad. With so much teen-age angst-ridden emotion in the house on any given day, learning to be a crystal healer has definitely helped me dispel negative energy on many occasions.
What is your go-to crystal for grounding?
I’m extremely drawn to smoky quartz. I have several beautiful crystals, and they all offer a warm, earthy hug whenever I’m feeling “spacey” or nervous. Smoky quartz was one of my ultimate favorites even before I fully understood this crystal’s amazing properties of grounding and protection.
What are your BIG DREAMS now that you are getting ready to graduate?
With my certification just around the corner, my ultimate dream is to start my own BIG SPARKLY sacred crystal biz! My course work with Hibiscus Moon Academy taught me that it’s never too late to find your passion and reinvent your life no matter what your prior circumstances or background may be.
What do you love most about working with crystals?
I equate crystals with unconditional love.
The stone beings are always ready and willing to work with us on many levels. They are entrusted into our care, Mother Earth’s gifts to the human race. When a connection is made, crystals allow us to tap into our inner selves, leading to a better understanding of the light that shines within all of us.
What 3 books are you loving right now?
At the moment, I’m thoroughly enjoying “Crystal Healing, the Therapeutic Application of Crystals and Stones” by Katrina Raphaell, “The Book of Stones” by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian and “Vibrational Medicine” by Richard Gerber, M.D. I believe these three cover all the bases from practical application (Crystal Healing) to the science behind energy healing (Vibrational Medicine). An in-depth guide, The Book of Stones provides a treasure trove of crystal eye candy as well as a plethora of information.
Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering this path?
My advice for anyone considering this path is a resounding,
“The world needs you, so go for it!”
If you feel a calling to become an energy healer, follow your inner voice and trust in yourself.
Life is full of chances to change direction; you just have to take the first step.
Karen’s Bio: I’m a mom and a grand-momma to be. A former project coordinator with a business degree, I married my wonderfully supportive British husband in 2009 and left the corporate world that same year. During my stay-at-home-mom days, my sister and I wrote a 1920’s themed novel, which is almost ready to be lovingly sent into the world. While pursuing novel writing and poetry, I stumbled upon my life-altering passion for crystals. I’m looking forward to receiving my crystal healing certification and creating the holistic business of my dreams.
Thank you once again, Karen, for sharing that with us all.
For proving that its not ever too late to make that change & DO WHAT YOU LOVE!
Blissful Crystal Blessings!