Shell Shock

ShellShock2_wmI bought Hematite quite awhile ago thinking it would fit easily into one of the many mala’s I’m creating. Never really finding the right combination I had un-strung them in to a bowl and put them to the side. While working on another piece I had the Natural Shell out and wound up putting a few beads in with the Hematite. I instantly fell in love.

I quickly finished up the other mala I was working on and began this one. Beautiful blue against the chrome color of Hematite adds a striking contrast.

It took me awhile to start using it and the first time I wore it it felt super heavy. At first, I didn’t like the weight around my neck and I’ve worn it on my wrist a couple of times. It wasn’t until I was going in to a stressful situation that it called to me.

Having to confront a family member is always hard, especially when they are close and you want to maintain your relationship. You know in order for you both to grow something’s gotta give and it’s not likely the other person will be the first person to offer an olive branch, especially since they don’t realize they are hurting you. As I thought of what I was preparing to do, I was attracted to this particular mala and remembered what the properties were. Hematite is used to absorb toxic emotions and clear away negative feelings while helping to ground me and keep me balanced. I also thought natural shell in blue would help keep my words flowing with unconditional love and understanding. Blue represents the Throat Chakra and helps me to open up and remember to use a higher quality of language so that the other person hears the true message coming from my heart.

As I was putting it on I asked my guides to create a perfect situation so that my family member and I could address my issues and both come out feeling better about the situation and our relationship. I had already considered cutting ties and knew from previous experience that wasn’t the answer. I was looking for a way to maintain the relationship without the toxicity and constantly compromising my heart. It was 10 minutes in to my visit when an opportunity presented itself. I could have easily dismissed it and continued to play victim but I remembered my prayer earlier in the morning. Instantly I felt my mala around my neck and somehow found the courage to start a conversation of different sorts.

After many much needed tears and a long hug I think we both felt much better about the situation. The constant theme with this mala is “In order to make good choices, people need to have good information.” And in order for the other person to have good information on which to base their choice, I must speak honestly and from the heart. I figured if I speak my truth and she doesn’t respond with love, then I will have to decide if I want to cut ties again. If she does respond with love, then I will be open to receiving what ever message she is trying to get across and adjust accordingly.

Since that experience went so well, I now use this as my power mala. My go-to in tough situations like funerals and heavy family situations or tough conversations with strong emotions. If you’re a couples therapist, a caretaker, a public speaker, if you work with clients, or work in the service industry… you might want to add these crystals to your arsenal. They have helped me out of some very emotional conversations to see past the ego’s and get to the true message. As always,

| Peace & Love

 

Below are links for the different types of stones used in the mala.

Black Jade Guru bead – It is balancing if certain members are dominant, clever with words or manipulative. Black Jade lends the courage and fortitude needed to examine one’s own negativity and its source, and to “face the shadow self.”

Blue Shell  Abalone healing is especially helpful for those going through emotional turmoil or those having a hard time dealing with a situation in a relationship. Shell promotes cooperation between the self and others, as well as within the self.  It provides cohesive energy for groups.

Hematite This stone’s energy is earthy, and it is one of the best stones that you can use to harness the power of the element of earth to lend you strength and dispel negativity.

 

 

 

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Coral

I have this friend and she’s super amazing. She inspires me daily just for the fact that she lives life out loud. Damned if she doesn’t have some really rough days and with all honesty, throws it out there for everyone to see. If you read her blog she leaves it all on the table and I’ll be honest, some days are difficult to read. I love her braveness to expose herself to so much rawness in order to heal and her willingness to take on haters who would most likely challenge, judge and condemn her publicly. She no longer lives in the dark and her wounds and pain are brought to new light daily. I knew her in high school and I had no idea that her life was so painful. Twenty years later and we’re trying to find ways to heal from our experiences and it’s my opportunity to be a better friend this time around.

img_0288A beautiful soul who has been through so much. She recently lost her mother to cancer and it has been extremely difficult for her. Through Facebook I get to witness her life and watch her handle those curve balls we all get thrown but are usually too embarrassed to talk about. It is in those, she often expresses how much she misses her mother and Sherry’s Lessons are often a subject matter for her blog and reveal life lessons we can all use.

It is Coral’s honesty and fortitude that inspire me and with those gifts, she has shared stories about her mom that have made me chose a different path than I would have before. Grateful for the lessons, I was inspired to create this beauty in their honor.

A bit of research on the two of them and found they share similar stones in their astrology so coming up with a design was easy.

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Mixed Tiger Eye, Carnelian, Onyx, Crystal Quartz, Rose Quartz and the medallion was inherited from my grandmother.

Mixed Tiger Eye, Carnelian, Onyx, Crystal Quartz, Rose Quartz and the medallion on the tassel was inherited from my grandmother. A bit of family love infused with healing stones and the desire to provide comfort for a mourning heart. Truly a joy to work with!

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Mookite Power

There are some days when I walk in to a bead store and certain stones will just call to me. This was the case with Mookite. I had visited our local store a few times before I decided to buy them and I was oh so excited to work with them.

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Enamored with the different colors I quickly went on the search to find out more about this stone. One of the first places I visit is Energy Muse. I find their information quite extensive and Mookite did not disappoint.

My head is usually in the clouds and so working with stones that have a strong grounding effect is a nice change. I can say that while I was working on this piece, I absolutely found myself mellow. No drama was to be had around me and it was nice to feel my feet on the ground.

The supporting stones are Carnelian and Onyx. The Guru bead is Tiger’s Eye.

 

 

Anna Marie

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Anna Banana, that’s what we called her. She was only with us for two years. It was actually two days short of her of her second birthday when she was killed by a drunk driver.

Her mom and my mom are sisters and our families were extremely close when I was growing up. Anna Marie and I are only four years apart and I can remember playing with her in the front yard making mud pies. Her older sister turned in to my best friend growing up and very much like my own sister. Every summer we would each spend half of it with the others family. City living for her and country living for me. My aunt is the one who taught me how to ride a bike.

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Anna Marie visits me often and I’m lucky to have a direct connection to the other side of the veil. It’s because of her that my view on death is very different than most and I celebrate and honor our bond. I created a mala for my aunt to honor her baby and it was also my opportunity to tell her about Anna Marie’s visits over the years since her passing. My aunt called her my angel.

It seems that Universe has conspired to perfectly time a birthday celebration for my cousin and I am able to share her with the world, exactly forty years after her death.

Like all malas I create I try to incorporate the persons natural birth characteristics, stones, and numerology to enhance the vibrations and healing energies in hopes of a stronger connection to the mala. My aunt is Aquarius and loves the color purple so it only made sense to use her power stone, Amethyst. Anna Marie’s power stone is Moonstone and is also incorporated along with crystal quartz for the guru bead. The lady bug comes courtesy of my aunt. She gave it to me quite a few years ago for my birthday and I wore her religiously since day one until I found my Om pendant. In fact, lady bug accompanied me on a motorcycle ride across the country in 2016.

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Amethyst, Blue Goldstone, Moonstone, & Crystal Quartz

You may think giving a gift back is faux pas but because I loved that little lady bug so much it was an honor to pass her on to experience more adventures. Who better to steward her than someone who loves lady bugs enough to give them as gifts? When I gave her the mala it was her friend that informed me how much my aunt loves them.

An honor to create this memorabilia for my aunt. She and Anna Marie have done more for me than I can explain.

Happy Birthday baby girl! May your light shine bright in all our creations together.

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Kayla

Born at the end of February this girl is a mini me. Only a couple days into Pisces and she was raised by an Aquarian mother so she’s a little wacky.

A loyal friend to all, she’s experiencing this lifetime in full color.

Created using mixed Tigers Eye, Carnelian, Onyx, and Rose Quartz. Flower medallion taken from a necklace; provided by my aunt Finnie.

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Re-purposed Rosary

I was asked to incorporate a rosary that was given to my husband by his friend.

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Rosary beads, mixed Tigers Eye, and Onyx.

It had been purchased in Jerusalem by his friends aunt and through the rounds became my husbands. For years it has been hanging on every car mirror we’ve ever had but had finally lost most of the beads and had been rigged to hang.

It was supposed to be for our car but Thomas fell in love with it and decided to carry it in his pocket instead. The picture doesn’t do its beauty justice.

 

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 Update: Thomas wanted a heavier tassel because he keeps his in his pocket and the thread would bunch up and get messed up. I decided to re-string the whole lot since the wooden beads had started to stretch the yarn. Much tighter and added another bead to each side of the wooden beads to help keep it in place. The tassel is made with the same yarn as the mala so it stays helps it stay put and in all honesty I forgot to add the last three beads so I had to incorporate it in the tassel. He loves it and that’s all that matters.

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