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Ghost Quartz for a Spiritual & Healing Journey
Recently, my new Red Ghost Quartz crystal(or formally known as a Red Phantom Quartz crystal) came in the mail Friday from GemGemRock on Etsy. This crystal is utterly fascinating! There is a growth starting and stopping process that allows another mineral to start forming inside. According to Kacha Stones, The red phantom quartz contains properties of limonite, kaolinite and hematite. These are supposedly rare phantom crystals. The rarity is not nearly as important to me as the way the phantom crystal grows or pauses in growth. The initiating and ceasing of growth reminds me of my own spiritual healing journey. You will have challenges or places you must stop and rest along the way, but then you have opportunities for huge personal and spiritual growth to form. 

Why would you use a Red Phantom crystal? Red Phantom crystals will help to re-connect the body with the soul for emotional healing and clearing, assists with meditation, and connecting with your spiritual guides.

Another thing of note, is the Red Ghost Quartz crystal works with the lower chakras. So, if you are having grounding issues or particular stagnation with the first three chakras then this is an amazing crystal to add to your arsenal. I thought this next portion by Healing with Crystals was particularly important information on the Red Phantom crystal: 
"Opens and releases memories. feelings and pictures of past traumas and emotional pain in this life; heals and releases anger, rage, resentment, terror, fear and confusion; aids the recovery process for sexual abuse survivors and those who were abandoned or abused as children; heals a hurt inner child by awakening your ability to feel and process what had to be blocked to survive; heals the emotional body."
Red Ghost Quartz fun facts via Cassandra Eason's Healing Crystals guide book: A traditional ghost hunter tool. Apparently, you can see benign ghosts or spirits while looking through the crystal. Thought to be a home to fairies, angels, or earth spirits. This is a stone of the earth. I have heard two ways to re-energize these crystals. First, use hot steam. The second method, I believe, is the way to go. Take your Phantom Quartz outside and set it in the earth. Let the sun re-energize this truly important healing crystal.

If you on a journey for self-healing and spiritual enlightenment, then I highly suggest investing in a Ghost Quartz crystal. If you need assistance selecting the right crystals for your personal needs, please visit my Etsy shop the Crystal Estuary for a personal crystal consultation.

Find your Perfect Healing Crystal for this Moment
If finding the perfect healing crystals were as easy as looking into a crystal ball, then we would be done here. Although, it is not terribly complex either...if you follow your intuition. My journey with crystals is one of respect, love, and utter fascination. It all started with Southwest turquoise and an heirloom tiger eye necklace...the rest they say is history. Now, I want to help others discover the beautiful energy within each crystal and gemstone. Not all crystals, but the one that is right for you...right now.

Find your Perfect Healing Crystal for this Moment
Each crystal has magical properties and energy that you can use for your present needs. Perhaps, you are a worrier or need more serenity in your life. There is a gemstone or crystal for whatever is ailing you most in your present life. As I say, "There's a crystal for that!" It is my job to use my intuition to guide you on your quest to find the best crystals for your present day needs. Simply call me your personal crystal consultant.

If you are just getting started with healing crystals, I have a few recommendation to help you find and learn to use your personal healing crystals. First, invest in a good reference book. I recommend Cassandra Eason's Healing Crystals guide book to get you started. Next, find a local crystal shop on Etsy. Preferably, an Etsy shop that has a real eclectic array of crystals(meaning they travel to find these beauties). My favorites are GemGemRock and One With Gems. Seek out a crystal consultant(*cough* me) for real-time advice on crystals that you need in your life right now. Finally, use the "Google" to locate upcoming crystal fairs or expos. Visit the Crystal Estuary to get your crystal consultation today and to find your perfect crystal. The crystal you seek also seeks you.
Winds of Change
Photography by Second Ave Photography

Somehow I knew that I would write this post today. It all started on Sunday. Sunday I had my 2nd Reiki session with Heather from Heavenly Skincare, LLC. She knows her stuff and has been a great mentor and friend on my spiritual journey. I have come to a single conclusion. Yes, I am an Empath. I feel very deeply for others and can "sense" a situation before words are exchanged. Also, I believe in signs and angels. That is basically where I stand. Many things I mention here on the blog can seem far out there. Even for an open person like me. But when you get down to the root of things, you must trust yourself and your intuition. Without it, you can never really know if anything is certain.

Bat flying into a cave. Heather said during the session she saw a bat flying into a cave. Here is a brief explanation from the Universe of Symbolism:
The cave is like a secret womb, deep within the sacred cave in where your powers grow and develop.When you venture out of the cave you experiment with your powers, knowing that you will return to the cave to find solace and renewal to venture out yet another day.
After our session, the weather dramatically changed. It got dark and very windy. It knocked our power out for several hours. To me, I felt deep in my bones the winds of change. On my way home, I came across a sprig of rosemary lying on the ground. Naturally, I picked it up, sniffed it, and placed it in my hat. It felt special. I have been told that little beings of light are within me...apparently a very happy bunch. That evening the family and I went to dinner. My stomach felt unsettled all evening...slightly nauseous.

The Eyes of Horus says rosemary is used for purification, cleansing rituals, blessings, transformation, and meditation. Prior to this knowledge, I took a ritual detox bath with the sprig of rosemary and asked for blessings. Right after my bath, I meditated with the rosemary close by. Rosemary evidently invokes faeries and elves(also a tidbit from Eyes of Horus).

Last night, my stomach was still feeling queasy. I thought I might be coming down with something. It is not normal for my stomach to feel slightly upset. I work up in the middle of the night with that minor nausea. Instinctively, I placed my hands to my stomach. I could feel the heat, light, and love. Within a matter of moments, I felt fine. I think this was my initiation of sorts. It showed me that I can indeed an do have the power to heal myself.

Today, I saw robins flying everywhere as far as the eyes could see. I took a small video for you. It is really hard to see them, but you can definitely hear them tweeting with delight. Here is a brief explanation from Shamanic Journey:
Robins have a powerful significance in ancient myth and lore. One tale has its origins in European mythology, in which the bird of Spring is linked with the New Year and symbolizes divine sacrifice and the rebirth of the spirit...When we let go of our past – a lot of which stems from childhood experiences – we are refreshed and renewed, thus unburdened and free to nurture and serve ourselves as well as others.
 This last sign brings me both great joy and hope. I will meditate on the Robin next go around.

2015 has been a huge learning experience from the inside-out. I have learned that I need to stay grounded and be completely present, I should immerse myself in nature, and I could use a wee bit more patience for myself as well as those around me. I feel that I have learned a great deal about myself and last week I went even deeper when I met up with a Shaman to go on a shamanic healing journey. Going deep inside yourself is nothing short of terrifying, at least it was for me. Below is my personal journey and notes verbatim from Shaman Beatrice Pouligny, PHD. Here are the notes I was given by Beatrice Pouligny, PHD from Allowing the Light:

I first find Heather in the dark, trying to hold on things, as the ground seems to be falling apart under her feet. I go in and realize that a powerful river is actually carrying her away. The river seems to be leading to a big waterfall. We can’t see the end of it. I take Heather with me on a raft, just letting the flow carry us. Heather is very tense. I tell her: “I am here, don’t worry, and I am guiding the raft.” She says: “But we are going to fall and we can’t even see where!” At that point, everything stops and we reach an even darker place where there seems to be nothing. Heather runs around, her hands in front of her, trying to find something that she can touch. I tell her: “There is nothing. Just come here and seat with me.” She continues and starts having a tantrum. I let her be while I remain seated, waiting.
The scenery changes. Heather has fallen asleep or lost consciousness and we are lifting her on a rope, up to a higher dimension. My guides are all around, as well as a crowd of little beings made of pure Light. They all look super excited to see somebody new arriving. The little beings are as excited as little kids would be. Once we have reached the highest vibration, Heather wakes up. She asks what that place is. Nobody answers. She asks: “Where am I? Where is my family? I cannot stay here!” and she starts panicking again.
The scene changes again and Heather appears on a cliff above the ocean and then on a beach. She is yelling: “What is that? What is happening?” I say: “It is all illusion, everything is illusion.” She yells: “Get me out of here! I don’t want this, I did not ask for any of this!” I am sitting on the beach, waiting. I say: “Come here, and sit with me.” After a while, she finally comes. As soon as she sits down, everything starts shaking around us as if there was an earthquake. Heather starts panicking again. I say: “Stay.” She says: “How can you be so calm when everything is falling apart? We are falling apart!” I say: “Stay!” As everything keeps shaking, outer layers of Heather are falling. I keep saying: “Stay! Stay!” and then: “Forget! Forget! Now is the time to be forgetting everything you think you know, all the stories.” I see images of her past and her current life. I repeat: “Forget! Forget!”
After a while, everything quiets down. Heather is lying down, exhausted. I let her rest. When she wakes up, I help her up and ask: “Are you ready to come?” She says: “Yes!” We start climbing a hill (symbol of spiritual growth?). I am ahead of her but slightly on the side. I don’t “guide” her per se. She asks: “Where are we going?” I say: “I don’t know. This is your path, not mine. Don’t worry, I am here; I am not going anywhere. But I won’t decide your path for you. Just look around, follow the signs, feel the support all around you.” She looks around her and starts seeing Beings of Light but way smaller than my guides; they are still behaving like very excited little children. She says: “But those are your guides, not mine.” I say: “Look, keep looking.” I see a Native American chief on the side with a wolf at his feet, as well as other people, some of them probably from Heather’s genealogy. I say: “Just feel, in your body. Take your time. Now is the time for you to forget everything you think you know, including about yourself, including about what you have persuaded yourself to be your perfect life for now. Now is the time to forget, so that you can start seeing with other eyes and look at reality differently. The only thing I can tell you is that you are not alone on that path.” She keeps walking, slowly, and I stay a little bit ahead, but on the side of the path, observing, ready to interfere if needed. I look like a monk. I am wearing a long hooded cloak.
As the drums are calling me back, I see Heather ready to start walking on a rope, high above. It is very bright all around her. And all the spiritual guides are still around. She turns her head, looks at me, smiles, and then starts walking towards an open horizon. She can’t see where the rope is ending and I can’t either. That last scene is full of lightness and pure Joy.
This is the end of the journey.

I want everyone to know that I did not see much during the journey. I remember feeling scared initially and then I did see the wolf at one point. The wolf is with me always and I believe he is my spirit guide. This whole experience has kick started my interest in my own genealogy. I will be getting a DNA test done soon to indeed see if I have some Native American in my blood. I am drawn to Native American jewelry and have worn turquoise for as long as I can remember. The picture above is an old piece I recently received from a very dear friend. She has no idea where it came from, but she thought I should have it. The cuff has many symbols stamped on it including: arrows for protection, crossed arrows for friendship, feathers for a connection with the heavens, and a thunder bird spirit for help on shamanic journeys. You are waiting for the vulture tidbit aren't you?

Driving home from Waterford, VA last week we passed an old graveyard. Perched on nearly every grave(this is not a joke) was a vulture. Large numbers of vultures everywhere as far as the eyes can see. When I looked up Native American symbolism for vultures, it was a sign of patience. Patience it shall be. Thank you for being here.

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