The Power of a Single Word

Although I’m not a resolution maker, each New Year’s Eve I select a single word to focus on in the upcoming year. In 2013 it’s peace and all of its derivatives.

An enthusiastic proponent of affirmations and an avid believer in Gandhi’s be the change, this year’s focus word and positive statements concentrate on each aspect of my being — body, mind, and spirit — and how I choose to be in the world:

  • I have a peaceful, healthy body.
  • I have a peaceful, creative mind.
  • I have a peaceful, joy-filled spirit.

Some people write their word of choice and place it on a computer screen, car dashboard, refrigerator door, or other prominent places as a convenient reminder.

Somewhat like a modified rosary or mala beads, I wear a necklace with three small clear quartz drops — one for each peaceful affirmation.

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” — Buddha

Do you have a focus word this year?

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The Art of Catching Dreams

One of my young clients — Matthew — recently handcrafted a dreamcatcher for me, thoughtfully adorning it with crystal beads and a feather.

© 2012 Laurie Buchanan

According to Native American lore, our nighttime dreams are sent by sacred spirits as messages. The openings in the web-like pattern allow good dreams to reach us, while the strands of the web trap bad dreams, only to disappear with the first light of dawn.

The materials used to make dreamcatchers have a special meaning:

  • Scattered beads throughout the web represent good dreams caught throughout the night.
  • Essential for life, a feather represents breath or air.

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” — Chief Seattle

What was the last dream you caught?

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Emerald Eyes, Isles, and Stones

Raw Emerald

One of my friends, Donna Jill Witty, recently returned from North Carolina where part of her time was spent gem mining near Ashville. Much to my surprise and delight, she gifted me with three raw pieces: emerald, sapphire, and citrine. Since green is my favorite color, emerald is the gemstone that I chose to highlight in this post.

But first, please follow this LINK so that I can introduce you to Donna Jill Witty and her amazing artwork. I’m tickled to share that she was featured in the current (summer 2010) edition of the American Artist Watercolor magazine. The article, Mixing Careful Planning with Spontaneity, starts on page 42.

Emerald
The frequency of Emerald is said to enhance harmony, joy, cleansing, abundance, clairvoyance, memory, and faith. It provides inspiration and helps those in need of balance, healing, and infinite patience. It also benefits intuition, intellect, communication, decision-making, and promotes truthfulness and honesty. It motivates the possessor to give love and wisdom to others. Emerald is used to enhance intuitive awareness and to bring forth manifestation. It’s a stone of protection and is associated with the heart chakra.

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com
Copyright © 2010 Laurie Buchanan — All Rights Reserved.

Elixirs and Essences – Cheers!

Elixirs by Laurie Buchanan

Elixirs by Laurie Buchanan

Gem Elixir is the name given to a fluid that has been infused with the energies of a crystal, either through the power of sunlight or moonlight. Simply put, elixirs and essences are water in which a crystal has been placed during the infusion process. Water has the ability to hold energy patterns intact for long periods of time, therefore making this an ideal medium for capturing the therapeutic and metaphysical properties of a stone.

Sunlight is traditionally used for elixirs that are designed for aiding the physical body, while moonlight is traditionally used for elixirs that are directed toward emotional, mental, or spiritual needs.

Elixirs can be used for healing, or whenever you need to take in the energies of a particular crystal. They’re easy to make and are very effective for a variety of purposes — especially for long-term healing. But first, let’s talk about the difference between an elixir and an essence:

Elixir
An elixir is meant for ingestion — you take it orally. Not all crystals can be used as ingredients in elixir making.

Please see the warning section at the bottom of this page.

Essence
An essence is meant for topical use — applied to the skin. Here are some examples of essences you can apply to an afflicted area of the body that you wish to treat. You can also use an essence in a bath:

Amethyst – acne
Blue Lace Agate – puffy eyes
Moss Agate – athletes foot
Rhodonite – minor cuts and abrasions
Rose Quartz – burns

Instructions
To make an elixir or an essence, first you need to determine the crystal that matches your need. An excellent reference book to help you accomplish this task is ‘Gemstone Healing Guide, A Healing Apothecary’ by Kristi Huggins. I know Kristi personally, she’s a gem (pun intended). Follow this LINK to learn more about her book. It’s laid out in alphabetical order — by ailment — with a list of crystals that have the therapeutic and metaphysical properties for that specific issue.

The size of the crystal doesn’t matter. A small piece of your chosen stone will be sufficient. Start by thoroughly cleansing the crystal. Then gather the other two items you’ll need for preparing the elixir or essence: (1) Clear glass jar with lid, and (2) Good drinking water (i.e., bottled, mineral, reverse osmosis, or distilled). If you’ve got good tap water, then use that.

Sunlight or Moonlight
Next you need to decide whether you are going to use sunlight or moonlight for infusing your elixir or essence. As mentioned before, a general rule for an elixir or essence that will be used for physical purposes or bodily healing should be created with sunlight. An elixir that will be used for emotional, mental, or spiritual purposes should be created with moonlight.

Choose a day or night when the sky is cloud-free, as the infusion process is best accomplished with direct sun/moon light for at least three hours. Some people keep crystals in water for 24 hours. I keep my elixir jars in a wide window sill all the time. That way they get sunlight during the day and moonlight during the evening. Some people take 7-14 days to make an elixir. Regardless, spend time each day to mentally reinforce your intention.

If there is cloud covering, you won’t be able to create a strong enough infusion in only three hours. In other words, the energy pattern of the stone won’t have enough time to imprint the water and it will need to be left out all day/night.

If you’re interested in learning more about water and intention, I highly recommend reading “The Hidden Messages in Water” by Masaru Emoto.

Dosage and Administration
Dosages and methods of administration vary depending on the source you refer to. Some practitioners recommend only 2 drops of elixir mixed in a glass of water daily, while others suggest drinking it undiluted directly from the jar it was made in. I suggest you use your own intuition to decide on the dosage and frequency of administration.

I’m a “chug it from the jar” practitioner. The photograph is of my personal elixir jars. The big one in the back is a half-gallon Mason jar, the one on the right is a quart, and the one with a cork on the left is less than a quart. I drink each jar daily.

Exception
The only one I don’t chug down is the one in the front—that’s Baltic Sea amber. I take that one drop per day sublingually—directly under the tongue with a dropper. The rich blood supply to the mouth area and the thin skin under the tongue allows for rapid absorption of the elixir. The sitting time for that elixir was 30-days before use. That jar will last years. Why only one drop? That’s not water – it’s 190 proof grain alcohol.

Consistency
One thing to remember is that once you choose a dosage you need to stick with it. Crystal elixirs and essences are designed to gently affect the body and mind over a period of time — not instantaneously. You need to continue use for at least one month to achieve the best results. After that time you may decide to cut down the dosage and eventually stop. Treatment can be repeated if you feel the need arise.

Warning!
Please follow this LINK for a list of crystals that should never be used to make elixirs in the above-described manner. The basic rule of thumb is this: any stone containing metals should not be used. This includes most brightly colored blue and green stones — as these often take their coloring from metals, and metals can be toxic in humans. Water leaches the toxins from the stone, which would then be ingested. Also avoid any shiny, metal-like stones because most metals are toxic to humans.

Refer to the list (see link above) when making an elixir to insure that you do not select a stone that can cause you harm. If you have any doubt — do not use the crystal. In other world, when in doubt, leave it out. There are other crystals that possess the same therapeutic and metaphysical properties that are safe to use.

Listen with your heart,

Laurie Buchanan

“Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.”
               – Laurie Buchanan

www.HolEssence.com
Copyright © 2010 Laurie Buchanan — All Rights Reserved.