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inventing your own crystal grids

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The crystal grid is a manifestation tool that joins crystal energy with sacred geometry. When we align an underlying geometric pattern with compatible crystals, we can focus and amplify our intentions.

Grids consist of crystals placed in precise, geometric arrangements in order to affect the flow of energy for a specific purpose. The properties of the stones used, combined with their arrangement in a sacred geometric configuration, create a unique energy frequency that enhances your intention and helps manifest your desired result. Combining crystal energy with Sacred Geometry exponentially enhances the power of both: the sacred geometry of the formation expresses your intention in a clear and direct way, while the stones amplify this intention and send it out into the universe.

We might also say this is a case where the whole is more than the sum of its parts. A grid creates a powerful energy field, and every element of the process adds to this energetic “package.” Let’s look at some of these elements.

Getting Ready

Intention: The most important aspect of creating a crystal grid is formulating your intention, and stating that intention in a clear and positive way. For example, it’s better to use a strong statement such as “This grid will help me focus positive energy on my family,” than to say something vague (“I’ll be a better mom”) or negative (“I’ll stop nagging my kids”). A well-formulated intention should focus on you, rather than attempting to subvert the will of other people. Write your intention down before getting to work on the grid.

Pattern: A favorite pattern for a crystal grid is some aspect of the Flower of Life, the fundamental spatial arrangement that Sacred Geometry tells us is the framework of our entire universe. The form known as the Seed of Life is especially good for grids, because it represents all possible beginnings and all possible paths — a gateway to infinite possibility. Other shapes have their own sacred meanings: the stable square, the infinite circle or lemniscate, the energy-enhancing Metatron’s cube, the compass rose. At the end of this information sheet, we’ll show examples of how you might use some of these shapes as a basis for a grid, and link you to some reproducible templates.

Material underlying the grid: The physical material underlying the grid has meaning as well. A wooden grid contains living energy, whereas a cloth grid can add a touch of color magic. You can put your grid on glass or a mirror to further spread its energy, or lay your stones directly on the floor or ground to bond with the Earth’s own energy field.

Crystals: Most grids use a single crystal as the central stone (sometimes called the anchor stone), and one or more sets of compatible stones to surround it, often in multiples of six. In our illustrations, we’ll use two sets of companion stones, but there’s no reason you can’t use more or less. We strongly urge you to use your intuition in building your grid, especially when it comes to selecting crystals. Just be conscious of looking for crystals whose energies “mesh” and resonate with the grid’s purpose.

One excellent way (though by no means the only way) to choose your crystals is to find:

– A central stone that complements your intention and is a strong energy channel

– A set of primary stones you have chosen intuitively while remaining mindful of your purpose; these should support the energy of the anchor stone and further define your intention for your grid

– A set of secondary stones chosen by some other intuitive means, such as with a pendulum or dowsing rods, or with the aid of an intuitive reader or other helper

Optional: You may also surround the grid with a circle of clear quartz points to enhance its energy. And if you’re using it to charge some other item, such as a magical tool or piece of jewelry, that item will usually go at the center of the grid. You can even use a large space such as a room as the perimeter of your grid, focusing the energy on the people who live or work there.

Activation: Activating the grid along its lines is an important step. You may channel energy for this through your hand, or use a crystal or wooden wand. This too is part of the energy “package” associated with the grid, so choose something that meshes with the whole.

Placement: The place it is set up will be a sacred space, so choose carefully. The amount of time needed to achieve the grid’s purpose will also be a factor.

Setting Up the Grid

Once you have the materials at hand, you’re ready to set up the grid. You’ve already thought everything out beforehand, so this setup should be a smooth and joyful process. Here are the steps to follow:

Cleanse everything. Whatever method you usually use for cleansing crystals will work fine for the other materials as well.

Set the board up, keeping your intention in mind.

Speak your  intention. You may also add a few words of prayer or invocation, according to your faith, but it’s a good idea to keep it simple.

Lay out the stones. It’s usual to start in the center and work your way out. But the most important thing is to remain mindful.

Activate the grid by tracing its lines. If you know the technique of focusing light energy through your body through your palm, this works very well. You can use a finger to do the same thing, or some type of wand. Start with the center stone, then go stone to stone, clockwise usually. Remain mindful of your intention. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can sing or chant your intention. Here’s a short video that demonstrates one method.

The grid is now ready. You can use your grid for meditation or simply keep it somewhere to remind you of the intention, or lay it out under your bed.

Cleansing and recharging: If the grid is to stay up for a long time, you should make sure it stays physically and energetically clean, and recharge it about once a month.

When you’re done with the grid: It’s also good to use a theme sheet, which can be something as simple as a print-out of a flower of life, to record the pattern used, along with the intention. By keeping this after you take down the grid, you’ll have a way to remember that this tool helped you and was part of your life.

Additional Information

This is just a taste of the beauty and versatility of crystal grids. For a more in-depth look at grids, here are some great resources:

Free videos: The Love and Light Crystal Healing School has a short series of videos about crystal grids on YouTube. Find out how to charge a grid, talk about using one for meditation, and discuss using a Quartz generator as the Center Stone. Crystal Grid Videos

Classes: Love and Light Healing also teaches a three-part series of classes on grids. Crystal Grid Classes

Crystal Templates: Click here for a free downloadable set of crystal grid templates.

Cleansing Your Crystals: If you’d like ideas about how to cleanse crystals and other grid materials, check out this article.

Sample Grids

Below you’ll find six sample grids. These are NOT meant to dictate the “correct” way to make a grid! They’re only intended to present a range of possibilities, and perhaps help you appreciate the range of choices and the amount of creativity you can use when creating your own crystal grids. The most important thing is to use your creative spirit to fill the grid with your own personality and positive intentions.

self love grid Grid Purpose: Self-Love

Shape: Circle

Background: Mirror

Center Stone: Rose Quartz Heart, a love stone

Surrounding Stones: Rhodochrosite for healing the inner child & Lithium quartz to stabilize mood and banish tension

Activate with personal energy

Refresh with rosewater

Take or accept control grid Grid Purpose: Take/Accept Control

Shape: Seed of Life

Background: paper grid (free download)

Center Stone: Carnelian for challenging times

Surrounding stones: Citrine for happiness & confidence, ametrine to overcome fear of change

Activate with quartz wand

Refresh with sage

clarity of direction grid Grid Purpose: Finding Direction

Shape: Compass Rose

Background: paper grid (public domain)

Center stone: Chevron Amethyst for insight & decision-making

Surrounding stones: Peacock ore for inner strength, Clear quartz for directing energy

This grid also uses a surrounding ring of clear quartz needles for amplification

Activate & refresh with copper wand

positive home energy grid Grid Purpose: Positive Home Energy

Shape: Flower of Life

Background: paper grid (free download)

Center Stone: Selenite pyramid, a purifying crystal with a stable shape

Surrounding Stones: Black Tourmaline for Protection, Green Aventurine for peace, prosperity & heart chakra connection

Activate & refresh with sage bundle

unblock communication grid Grid Purpose: Unblock communication

Shape: Lemniscate

Background: no pattern background, just an altar cloth

Center Stone: Celestite cluster for compassion & working together

Surrounding Stones: Blue Lace Agate for centering & communication, Citrine for positivity

Activate & refresh with toning or chanting

make peace grid Grid Purpose: Make Peace

Shape: 5-pointed Star

Background: paper grid (public domain)

Center Stone: Apophyllite to connect with higher beings

Surrounding Stones: Fairy Stones for peace (perhaps let each member of the family choose one), amethyst for purification & protection

Activate & refresh with palo santo


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Current Transits for March, 2016

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By Barry Kerr

The sun moves into Pisces on February 19.

Pisces is ruled by planet Neptune. Pisces is the “end” of the zodiac progression of signs, and marks the culmination of the involvement of human awareness back to spiritual wholeness. Neptune is that part in each of us that is able to experience our oneness with all that is. When we are able to feel connection and compassion for others, for humanity as a whole, even for other species, and for ourselves, we draw from our “spiritual heart” which Neptune represents. The energy of Pisces entices us to live from that greater heart as a way of life.

This hasn’t been easy for humans to do. In the illusion of separateness that this physical world presents to our limited five senses, we have tended to live in fear of others, afraid that death is the end of all we hold dear. Religions have given us hope for more and at times have been instrumental in “awakening” some individuals to actually experience more. However, in the end, religion can only be a set of beliefs and practices that at best point the way (more of a Sagittarius/Jupiter affect) and at worst, detract from and block the way.

Though unseen by humans until modern times, Neptune has always been at play in our inner worlds. For lack of experience in how to activate our inner Neptune in a healthy way, we humans have made distorted attempts. Drugs, alcohol, cults, martyrdom, mental illnesses and other means have been used for ages to imitate the expanded heart feelings we have when in our genuine mystical connection to others. On the other hand, substance-abuse and other means of escapism have been used to shut down the pain we have felt when our greater hearts have actually begun to connect compassionately to the collective pain body of humanity while still unable to develop and sustain the vital force of light and love available to us through true alignment with our soul. It’s the artists and mystics of the world who have historically found higher ground in this journey.

It was when the planet Neptune was first discovered by scientists in 1849 that humans first began in large numbers to claim freedom from religious authority and declare the rights of individuals to discover their own path toward “God”, toward spiritual enlightenment. What were before only secrets and occult schools of mystical wisdom, now became popular movements in our societies, allowing thousands, for the first time in history to be able to say, “I am spiritual, but not religious”, without being killed or banished by society.

Now, in current times, there is a mass spiritual awakening across the globe as humankind confronts the crises of collective survival that naturally evolved from living in the illusion of separateness. It is Pisces the calls to our inner Neptunes to feel past the fears, remember we are all eternal love spirit, and live our lives with bold and loving affirmation for creating the beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

Current transits

The new moon on March 8 brings together five heavenly bodies in Pisces, including Neptune itself, mercury ( mind ), and Chiron ( healing ). This is an auspicious time for you and humanity to take a bold leap of faith by committing to infuse spiritual awareness and fearless compassion into grounded plans for the future. This is in large part due to Saturns (pragmatic realism) square with Neptune for the course of this year. Don’t let others dissuade you from using your intuition, imagination and dreams as guides to your truth about what is possible. Uranus (intuition) continues to trine with Saturn. You are in good company and you are needed. Just watch that you are not looking for escape or fantasy.

Look on your own birth chart into which house this new moon falls. This, along with any natal planets and aspects there, will give you clues as to which part of your life you are most able to make a solid contribution by expressing your heart with more spiritual awareness.

On March 23, just after the spring equinox, the full moon will have the Sun in Aries, along with Mercury. That will be the time to turn your commitment into clearheaded actions. Mars (personal power) is approaching Saturn, boosting the energy of pragmatic actions. When Mars goes retrograde in April and May, there will be pause for recalibrating actions, before Mars hits Saturn exact in August.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in  Madison. Both have extensive training in soul guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology, energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison Wisconsin. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you. Visit www.ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information.

 

Aroma Reading for February 2016: Rose

By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA

The intuitive essential oil for the month of February is Rose (Rosa × damascena). The energy of Rose summons unconditional love; not only for others, but also for yourself. Rose resonates with the heart chakra and invokes high vibrating emotions such as empathy, compassion, joy, peace, gratitude, happiness, and harmony. Rose symbolizes the divine feminine. It is nurturing, sweet, comforting and has the ability to heal deep emotional wounds and comfort the heart. It has antidepressant properties and can heal anger, despair, sorrow, sadness, grief, and loss. Let Rose hold you in her arms and soothe your soul. Everything will be alright. Rose essential oil can be expensive, but it is worth its weight in gold.

My Rose forecast for February 2016: Though the focus of February tends to be on Valentine’s Day and romantic relationships, this month Rose encourages you to look within your own heart at the love you have for yourself. Do you love yourself unconditionally? Do you see your strengths and positive qualities? Are you your own best friend? In order to deeply love others and allow others’ love into our lives, we must first learn to love ourselves. Some affirmations to help you on this journey: “I am worthy of love. I am loving to myself and others. I freely and easily give and receive love.” Sending you much love to light your path. Have a blessed February.

Recipe for Unconditional Love

2 drops Rose
4 drops Cardamom
1 drop Vanilla
3 drops Neroli
6 drops Hawaiian Sandalwood
1-ounce cocoa butter

Mix the essential oils into the cocoa butter and blend well. Apply topically to the heart, chest, neck, and shoulders area. Massage some into your hands, cup them over your face, breathe in the aroma and state the following affirmations several times: “I am worthy of love. I am loving to myself and others. I freely and easily give and receive love.”

The mixture can also be used as a massage cream…Double the recipe to make 2 ounces of cocoa butter.


Aroma Readings are a divination technique using essential oils developed by Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, a Holistic Healing Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, and Reiki Master Teacher. She offers individual Aroma Readings and spreads as well as teaches Aroma Readings in her level 2 ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ certification series. Interested in learning more about aromatherapy and essential oils? Join Dr. Christina at the ‘Holistic Healing with Aromatherapy’ Level 1 certification series starting in Madison March 5/6, 2016: http://www.mindsoulandself.com/Aromatherapy_Madison.html.

 

A Basic Introduction to the Chakras

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by Cathy Douglas

Many traditions worldwide hold that some sort of vital energy flows through our bodies. Energy pathways connect one function of the body to all the others, pathways that also serve to connect the individual with Earth and Heaven. While differences obviously exist about the exact nature of these beliefs, the overall idea transcends specific religious and medical traditions. So does the idea that the energy carried by these pathways tend to focus at various points in the body, and that these points govern various aspects of our lives.

We’ve come to call these focal points of energy “chakras,” which comes from the Sanskrit word for “wheels.”  Psychics and other seers visualize them as spinning wheels in a rainbow of colors, running in a line from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each chakra corresponds to a color, each develops at a particular stage of human development, and each governs an area of being human–the things we feel, think and do that make us who we are.

Whole books cover this topic, and I won’t try to replicate that here. Simply knowing the system of associations based on the chakras can be helpful to anyone. For one thing, color associations underlie the magical uses of everything from candles to crystals. We can also find many ways to use the idea of chakras psychologically, especially for understanding our own strengths and weaknesses.

Grounding:  Root or Base chakra, Perineum, Red.

The root chakra works like an energetic center of gravity.  Babies develop this chakra first, and if well cared for will develop a sense of physical security that will help them stay grounded throughout their lives.  A poorly developed root chakra can lead to insecurity about basic survival, which may manifest as preoccupation with money and/or sex.  Think of the bad girl in a soap opera. Recommended crystals: Garnet, Hematite, Red Tiger’s Eye, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz.

Creativity, sexuality, personality:  Sacral chakra, Abdomen, Orange.

This is the chakra of play, developed when we are young children.  Unfortunately, our society doesn’t always encourage play, sometimes, these days, even for little kids. So many of us lose or never develop a capacity for creative work, sexual enjoyment, and spontaneity.  When this chakra isn’t well developed, the individual may seem repressed, sometimes to the extent of having no personality.  An imbalance in the other direction can lead to a wild personality. Recommended crystals: Fire Agate, Brown Aragonite, Copper, Moonstone, Orange Calcite, Crazy Lace Agate.

Vital energy and power:  Solar Plexus chakra, navel, yellow.

This is where our emotions and thoughts meet bodily functions.  Most of us naturally feel this, when everything from fear to love hits us in the stomach!  Instinctive drives originate here, in some cases ones we may struggle to recognize:  will, motivation, life direction.  When well developed in later childhood, this chakra helps the individual find direction in life.  Failing this, a person may be passive, with a deep-seated sense of inferiority. Recommended Crystals: Champagne Calcite, Golden Calcite, Citrine, Imperial Topaz, Golden Tiger’s Eye, Pyrite.

Emotions:  Heart, center of chest (to the right of the physical heart), green.

More than just romantic love, the heart chakra helps us focus on the things we care about.  Obviously this means other people (I hope!), but it can also include animals, nature, learning, activities, causes, and much more.  Every one of us has a different emotional make-up, which manifests itself in the different things we care about.  The heart chakra develops just after puberty.  Poor development might show up as apathy.  But overdevelopment is common as well; women, especially, may become so focused on loving and caring for others that they lose their sense of self. Recommended crystals: Aventurine, Emerald, Jade, Malachite, Moss Agate, Unakite.

Communication:  Throat chakra, Throat, Blue.

The ability to express ourselves matures in the teen years, along with a mature understanding of the words and thoughts of others.  While creativity originates in the sacral chakra, it finds expression through the throat chakra.  As you might guess, this is another area where the rules of our society don’t always mesh with what we need as individuals.  Poor development of this chakra can make a person feel that anything they say is bound to be wrong, while imbalance the other way can produce a gossip or chatterbox. Recommended crystals: Amazonite, Angelite, Aquamarine, Blue Aragonite, Blue lace Agate, Blue Quartz.

Insight, intuition:  Third Eye chakra, Brow, Indigo.

The brow chakra acts as the Grand Central Station for processing the senses, but goes beyond to the senses that originate in the mind.  If you’ve ever tried to imagine something, closed your eyes, and felt you could see just as clearly without physical sight, you have a real idea of what this means–whether or not you believe in psychics or ESP.  Blockage in this chakra may show up as disinterest in anything unseen, including imaginative or abstract ideas, and of course anything associated with the supernatural.  Overdeveloped, we might see a person with their head so far in the clouds that they can’t remember where they parked! Recommended crystals: Azurite, Blue Kyanite, Dumortierite, Labradorite, Lapis, Sodalite.

Spirituality:  Crown chakra, Top of head, Violet.

This is the slowest of the major chakras to develop, starting perhaps around the age of 25, but often later, and continuing for some time afterwards.  If you know an older person who overflows with wisdom and understanding, and has little fear of death, you know someone who has developed well in this area.  The person’s specific belief system is less important than their growing capacity to learn and grow within that system.  Poor development can show up in mental health issues of all kinds, whereas overdependence on “the higher things” make turn the person into a know-it-all who feels superior to others. Recommended crystals: Amethyst, Ametrine, Charoite, Lepidolite, Quartz, Sugilite.

This Hindu-based spectrum of seven major chakras is only the beginning. Other chakras supplement the list, for example hand chakras, through which energy healers transmit healing energy. And this is only one system. Because the idea of a energy body is nearly universal, systems like this form a part of philosophies and medical understanding worldwide. Egyptian, Inca, Celtic, and Cherokee teachings (to name a few) show similar energy centers as part of the human body. Scientific investigations have made a start at finding a physical basis for the concept of subtle energy, as these systems are called. Medical modalities that harness subtle energy are also becoming more widely accepted.

In practical, day-to-day reality, it’s in our best interest to keep the chakras balanced and working together smoothly. But that will be another article!

 


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