Connecting to Your Higher Self
When I met Ellen I had already been following her Facebook page and watching her help clients for a while. I wanted to see if what I did would help her do what she does. It took us awhile to finally connect and when we did we had a great time getting to know each other. Sitting at the local coffee and chocolate house we talked about what she was needing in her life and how a mala could help. The main request was clarity. She wanted to use Abalone and likes blues and greens.
Amazonite is the majority of the stones along with Aventurine sprinkled in the mix. Amazonite is a good luck stone that echoes the color of the Amazon river. A stone of clarity it works with the Heart and Throat chakras to truthfully communicate our hearts desires. Amazonite helps create opportunities of being in the right place at the right time and prosperity. Add “The Luckiest Stone” to the mix and opportunities abound. Aventurine quiets roving thoughts and is a reaffirming stone during times of change aiding in clarity. Also working with the Heart chakra, Aventurine encourages us to…. Speculate to accumulate.
While Ellen was able to go through some of my personal mala’s she gravitated towards the Aquamarine, which is natural since she has a fondness for the ocean. As a connection stone to the sea it’s conducive to revelations and accelerates intellectual reasoning and is used by prophets, shamans, healers, and mystics.
Onyx beads are used as markers to harnesses the power of cleansing and releasing negative energy so that thoughts can be interpreted more clearly. A great stone for protection and overcoming hesitancy with strong intuition.
One of the other stones Ellen was attracted to was Pietersite. One of my personal favorites, it is often called the Tempest Stone and is considered to hold the “Key to the Heavens”. I was able to find just the right shade of blue to compliment the greens and use it as a the Guru bead. Comprised of Hawk’s Eye, Tiger’s Eye, and Jasper in Quartz; Pietersite is an amazing stone to use for inner guidance, wisdom and making the right choices. It helps open us up to new thoughts and ideas as well as being more observant. The yellow and browns in Tiger’s Eye works with the lower chakras while the blue in the Hawk’s Eye works with the Throat and Third Eye chakras. Pietersite creates a clearing and cleansing of energy fields and is great for aligning all chakra’s. As the Guru bead, it’s an extremely powerful bead that enhances the other beads intentions through it’s own Quartz powers and student/teacher relationship. Perfect for shamanic journeying and seeing the big picture over time.
The tassel always represents the lotus flower and reminds us that without mud there would be no lotus while white symbolizes new birth and new beginnings with a clean slate. Adding Abalone adds natural shielding with tranquility and confidence while a higher perspective allows us to view situations with understanding. The mother-of-pearl that lines the abalone shell, in tandem with the shell itself, are said to activate intuitive qualities like clarity in regards to situations.
Using all the stones in the mala and harnessing their natural powers can aid in the clarity desired. Depending on how often you use/handle your mala, you may want to sage, cleanse, and charge accordingly. To learn more about each stone please visit some of my favorite websites below.
|Peace & Love
Amazonite – Stone of Courage and Truth used to communicate true thoughts. A stone of prosperity it assists one in being in the right place at the right time for new opportunities. Increase in clarity and self-esteem.
Aventurine – Thought to be the luckiest of all crystals. Aligns conditions so that opportunity is inevitable. Works with the Heart chakra and brings joy and a zest for life. Reinforces decisiveness and helps with geopathic stress. Balances emotions bringing inner harmony.
Aquamarine – Calming, connection to the sea, conducive to revelations, a stone of shamans. Works with the Throat chakra. Accelerates intellectual reasoning. Travel crystal, especially near or around water or over long distance. Useful through transition and change. Empowerment. Ani-aging effects and useful in baths along with salts.
Onyx – A powerful warrior stone it helps stop negative thought patterns. Free’s one from self-doubt and is a marvelous stone for wise decision-making and amplifying intuitive gifts. Keen senses and sharp instincts. Great for energy retention when a boost is needed to keep up physically. Helps block and transmute negative energy from others by releasing it back to Universe as a more positive vibration. Happiness and good fortune are around the corner.
Pietersite – Capable of tapping in to Akashic records. Master skills of teaching and speaking. Grounds the physical energy centers to etheric realms. Holds the “Key to the Heavens”.
Traditionally, malas are Buddhist prayer garlands used during meditation consisting of 108 beads and 1 larger guru bead that closes the loop. Each smaller bead represents a breath, a mantra, and/or intention and is used to keep count while the guru bead represents the student-teacher relationship. You can read more about traditional malas here. I believe a mala can also be an object used to help a person connect to their higher power(s), guides, and/or intentions. A worry stone, a piece of jewelry, a totem, a baseball cap, a rosary, anything we can physically touch and carry that helps remind us of who we are and what our purpose is, can be considered a mala. Have you ever found yourself touching your wedding ring when you lovingly think of your spouse or grabbing your favorite blanket that your grandma crocheted when things get rough because it reminds you that you are loved? These gifts remind us of who we are in the world and connect us to a higher power through unconditional love.
Each mala I create has a story and a purpose. Sometimes it’s a tribute to a loved one with birthstones, sometimes a healing journey with stones to help physical, mental, and/or spiritual ailments, a business venture that uses stones to attract abundance, or for guidance in manifesting a future unseen. With life as busy as it is and being bombarded with information from computers, phones, TV, family and friends…. sitting quietly can be hard to do; much less putting that stuff away to sit purposely and not think about anything or only one thing. For me, setting aside time to meditate is difficult and so I find myself communicating with my higher powers during my day doing everyday things. Usually, while I’m driving or going for a walk, taking a shower or even while I vacuum. Wearing a mala on a daily basis helps me to focus on my goals, plus I get to carry multiple healing crystals with me and harness their power in every day situations. You can read of a particular time when a mala called to me right before a stressful encounter here. Depending on each design and crystal combination, I rely on them to remind me of my intentions when my mind isn’t focused and I will often ask for guidance in certain situations. I recently decided to work more closely with my guides and wanted to create a mala that would remind me of this goal. I knew this would be a perfect opportunity to explain how a mala works for me and to show the creation process.
In 2017, I had an experience that encouraged me to find out more about myself in a more Universal way and I started learning about numerology, astrology, soul groups, and guides. I found that being born on February 8th awarded me the guidance of “The Vivifying God” and after some research, which there is very little of, I realized I was much like others described in his group. It’s taken over a year to be comfortable enough in my role to actually start working with this guide. I created this particular mala to help me connect to my Guardian Angel Mehiel. According to the information I found, the color that best connects to him is brown and the best stone for this is Tiger’s Eye. Some of my favorite mala’s I’ve created for others have been using mixed Tiger’s Eye and I was super excited to finally be creating one for myself, especially one so important.
The next best stone to connect with him is Smokey Quartz. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any on hand and couldn’t find any in the local bead stores. I wanted to complete this mala in time for the new moon in Scorpio so I could charge it with new intentions and I definitely didn’t have time to order any since I only had one day to put it together. I opted instead for another brown stone I had on hand and had been wanting to use for myself anyway, brown banded Jasper. Along with it’s metaphysical properties it’s also a valuable conduit to Mehiel. As I looked for the remaining stones to use I became aware that I hadn’t worked with Onyx very much and Rose Quartz was nowhere in my arsenal. When a mala starts to be realized I can go through as many as different stones and combinations as there are stars in the sky, so creating the perfect infusion can be time consuming, especially when I’m researching their properties. I’ve been known to miss more than one new or full moon or a special event but thankfully, if I can let go of my perfectionism, the design can come together quickly and quite nicely. Such as the case with Mehiel.
I knew I wanted this mala to remind me that I have an angel working with me, not just any angel, but one that has been willingly assigned to look out for me and help me along in my path. I chose the colors to represent him and the stones to amplify my intent with their metaphysical properties. Below is a list of the crystals and how each one is helping me to either remember my goal or accomplish it.
Yellow Tiger’s Eye – Focus and insight. Keen observation. Supports change, creativity, talent and abilities. Stimulating wealth. Reflects Spirit through actions
Blue Hawk’s Eye – Authoritative. Deeper insight and awareness. Increased sensory gifts. Align with cosmic forces for inspirational guidance.
Red Ox Eye – Contains Hematite, grounding. Courage, inner strength and self confidence. Enthusiasm, determination, and action.
Onyx – Powerful. Has a history of negative traits but with work and intent can banish grief and release physical and emotional wounds, drawing in happiness and good fortune. Retains energy and can hold physical memories. Centering and alignment to connect to higher powers for guidance. Can absorb from Universe the energies needed.
Brown Jasper – Beads and Guru Bead. Nurturer and healer. Courage and wisdom. Grants access to past lives for karmic healing. Connection to ancient past for retrieval of spiritual knowledge for use in this present to help heal humanity and the planet.
Rose Quartz – Unconditional love. Direct heart chakra. Giving and receiving. High spiritual attunement. Mothering crystal; nurturing of self. Forgiveness of past mistakes. Erasing primal imprints and replacing with and accepting infinite source of love from self. Higher consciousness.
Pietersite – Discharges negative energy and clears the aura. Increases personal will and intuitive abilities. Brings up internalized feelings and conflicts to begin the healing process and move towards highest good. Clears stagnant energy. Actionable will. Promotes truth and honesty. Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. Third Eye stimulation. Shamanic journeying. You will see something in a new light.
Rainbow Moonstone on a white and brown tassel – Connects us to Divine inspiration. Increased synchronicity. Intuition and insight. Clarity and Crown Chakra. Strong connection to the spiritual world. Fertility and moon cycles. The tassel can represent many things and my personal mantra for this particular one is “Thank you for the guidance and protection as I am birthed into a new light”. The white in the tassel represents a new beginning in my journey with clarity and a blank slate; while the brown represents Mehiel and his many gifts as my guardian.
I literally strung this mala during the night of the new moon and set it outside, with the rest of my crystals, for the remainder of the morning to charge. I grabbed about four hours of sleep and was excited to see what the day would bring while I wore it. I wasn’t disappointed as several messages came through that day with 333. A license plate, a Facebook post, a verbal conversation, and the time on the microwave, all indicating I’m on the right track and I am being helped. I have to admit though, it’s a powerful combination and I had a few emotional moments during the day. I have to face some fears about money and health and those came to the front quickly, all of which are part of the healing process. I have to remember that I am in control of my thoughts and these feelings need to be addressed so I can move forward in my evolution; but I have to face my fears and handle them differently than I have in the past. As I continue to work with Mehiel I will wear it when it feels right or when I am meditating and looking for specific answers and guidance from my angel.
Hopefully I’ve explained how a mala can become a tool to help you remember your goals and intentions while connecting to your higher self, powers, guides, and loved ones. Memory Malas can also become heirlooms for loved ones. As we see with Onyx, some crystals can carry the memory of the wearer along with lessons and messages. Passing on our love is one way to stay connected even after we’ve departed this earth. I personally enjoy other people holding my mala’s and letting them feel their intensity but it’s important to remember to smudge/clean/charge your stones to keep them healthy and pure with the essence of your highest and best self. Releasing negative energy is an important part of keeping your tools sharp and stones can pick up lots of baggage that we don’t need or want to carry forward with us. Visit the website to see how other crystal combinations help me and my clients or use my Contact page to reach me with any questions.
|Peace and Love
It’s funny how things work out. Call it coincidence or synchronicity. This mala has been hanging in my office for months. In the beginning of learning what these mala’s would become, I bought several types of beads and when a color or style would inspire me I would just string one together. Not really having a purpose, because I couldn’t bring myself to wear another person’s mala, it would just hang there.
Fast forward and it’s energy is ready to find a new home and soul to love and assist. I was gifted an opportunity to help some friends with their animal sanctuary and so this special beauty is being donated to raffle off.
Santuario de Karuna is an animal sanctuary and a non-profit organization raising awareness in compassion for all beings. Many of you have read how Coral inspires me daily and she is a co-founder of the sanctuary, along with her wife, Tamara. I don’t have money to donate but I do have things they can use that have been just hanging there, waiting to be of service. You can watch what I posted on my FaceBook
I believe love perpetuates love. And Coral loves hard, she doesn’t know any other way. So, with this giant love fest going on and to whom ever this mala is intended for, it is in great honor of two women who have come to “know and be love” in their own sacred way. We gift you the freedom to determine your own sacred definition of love and use this mala to help create a passionate commitment. Whether that is to yourself, your art, your significant other, or your job… what ever it is that you are passionate about and love, you can harness the power from these beads and combine them to create amazing energy to help you on your path.
Red Jasper, Desert Jasper, Turquoise, Garnet, and Rose Quartz.
Jaspers are the nurturers, the healers and the spirit stones of courage and wisdom. They all carry a strong connection to the Earth’s energy, making the jasper healing properties very beneficial for grounding, stability and strength – Energy Muse
Garnet can act as a strong help to balance the energy system, stimulate desires and uplift your attitude. As a balancer stone, Garnet can prevent fears of insecurity and even money losses. They’re lucky stones: lucky for love, success, and for goals. Use Garnet to increase your positivity and popularity, thus enhancing your personal self-esteem. As an energy stone, it can encourage success in business and business relationships. It is a wonderful executive gem, especially for women. – Crystal Vaults
Spiritually, Turquoise heals and cleanses both the energy centers and the physical body. It acts to induce wisdom and understanding, and to enhance trust, kindness, and the recognition of beauty. [Melody, 669] What we wish for ourselves — happiness, love, freedom of limitation and fear — when extended to others by letting go of our insistence of “justice” and viewing others through compassion and forgiveness, we receive those gifts back through our own heart. [Simmons, 420] – Crystal Vaults
Though it’s thought of as the stone of love, it’s not just romantic love that Rose Quartz crystal embodies. The rose quartz stone meaning is one of unconditional love. The way it facilitates love entering your life is through it’s ability to bring your consciousness to a higher level. Helping you to forgive, understand and see fights or situations from a different perspective, rose quartz healing properties will imbue you with the wisdom to deepen your connection with your partner. In that same way, rose quartz properties provide gentle energy that assists you in recognizing your own need for compassion. It allows you to see that you deserve forgiveness and understanding from yourself. Associated with the element of water, rose quartz healing properties are naturally fluid. They wash out toxic energies and emotions that you have trapped inside of you. – Energy Muse
Thank you for your contribution to the animals and the sanctuary. Much Love!
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I’m always in awe when signs come through to validate a mala I’m creating. While working on Alex, more than once did I feel angels giving me direction and validation. It started a few days ago when I was at the craft store wasting time while a prescription was being filled. I had thirty minutes to waste and JoAnne’s was just down the street. It wasn’t until I was ready to leave when these blue and green Jasper caught my attention. I thought of Alex right away. Not knowing if these were the right shades of color I felt pulled to get them anyway and asked for a sign. I knew I could use them for any other mala but I needed to know if these were for his mom. Waiting in line I was watching the progression and wondering which of the two cashiers I would get. I had had one of the ladies before and knew she was pleasant. The other one seemed like she was having a rough day and I was mentally preparing myself to make it a smooth transaction. I was next in line when another cashier came on to help. All I could think was, Thank You! As I was putting my stuff down and starting to chat with him I looked up to see his name tag, Alex.
I always ask guides and Universe for wisdom and light and I’ll say a prayer and invite any loved ones to bring in their highest and best energy. I’ll light some candles, an incense, put on some groove music and get to work. Yesterday as I sat down to string the mala I had some hesitation at the third marker. This is the half-way point and can be an important marker bead, especially if it’s worn around the neck. My original intention was to continue with the Howlite but something made me question it and I looked through my stash to see what I had on hand. The only one that made sense was Amethyst, his birthstone. I pulled out both and neither seemed to fit but the Cape Amethyst had a better feel. After struggling for a while I decided to stick with my original decision. As I went to reach across my table, the bowl of Jaspers got knocked over, sending them rolling right to the bag of Cape Amethyst. Hello!!
I strung the third marker bead as his birthstone and the closest to heaven when momma wears it around her neck. As soon as the Hematite next to it was knotted, I was gifted a message from one of my favorite messengers. An email from Rebecca Rosen chimed on my phone and I was inclined to read it at that moment. The words couldn’t have been more perfectly timed and I’m sharing them here.
I’m headed to Alex’s services and my heart is breaking for my cousin and her family. Today’s services will be hard and it also gives us a chance to celebrate. I imagine he’s in the arms of all our loved ones that have passed and they are watching us with love and compassion. In all my years at funerals it always makes me smile when I hear laughter. It seems like it would be out of place but in reality, it gives our family an opportunity to see people we haven’t seen in years and appreciate those relationships. Laughter is always around when we’re telling stories about each other and loving out loud. It gives me hope that even though today sucks, happiness will come around again. It won’t be the same, because we evolve from our experiences, but we will find joy again and I try to focus on that.
A tribute to my cousin Alex and his family. Thank you for gifting us your time here. You are loved and will be missed.
A favorite of everyone’s, Serenity was gifted to someone who recently inspired me. It’s beauty was striking and is still missed. Serenity 2 was inspired by the first creation and is a heavier version of the first.
Rhodonite in rondelle shape creates a shorter and more weighty mala. Onyx and Howlite pick up and energize the colors in Rhodonite.
Invite peace and healing back into your heart with this mala. As one of the most powerful heart chakra stones, Rhodonite encourages us to let go of old heartache and past trauma. Onyx lets us dive deeper into our heart and explore forgiveness while adding protection. Howlite helps us calmly process these emotions and provides us with peace and contentment. The Rose Quartz guru bead provides the finishing touch to dissolve those emotional wounds and speaks directly to the Heart chakra, allowing for full healing and opening us up to give and receive love.
Use as part of your meditation or wear it close to your heart during the day to remind you of your intentions to live heart centered.
Gifted to Santuario de Karuna
Hubby found these beauties at a pawn shop a few weeks ago. Loving these high vibrating stones. Also known as the “Tempest Stone”.
Known to take Shamanic journeying to a whole new level.