The Spiritual Side of Money

Money used to be a scary thing to me.  Money is necessary for all of us to live, which can be very intimidating.  There’s good news, though: there are endless ways to earn it.  Endless!

Just the other week I was thinking, “how am I going to supplement my income when school is out for holiday?”  This was a fear-based thought.  Suddenly, I acknowledged it and re-framed my thinking.  I looked online, got some advice from family and friends, then decided to take action.  I was clear about what I was looking for, which hasn’t always been the case in the past.  I used to scramble, hustle, and take the first thing that came along- no wonder I wasn’t content in some of the positions I took.

Once I looked at my holiday week as an opportunity, not one, but two options presented themselves.  I also received emails out of nowhere from people asking about marketing work (which I have retired for writing and education).

Then, it clicked.  money isn’t anything to be afraid of.  Money is energy.

The more you put in, the more you get out- but I didn’t understand what that meant in the past.  I used to think hard work meant long hours, climbing your way to the top, office politics, networking, etc.  No.  You must work with your heart, not out of fear- fear of not enough.  You also need to work smarter, not harder.  Yes, success does come from hard work and a lot of time, but when you’re doing what you love, it’s effortless.  I found myself writing from 8AM until 2 in the morning on Saturday!  I only got up to go get food; yet it was the most pleasant day I’ve had in a while.

Opportunities begin to align when you stay true to yourself and listen to what soul your soul is saying- not the outside world.

We all need to pay bills, but there are endless ways you can do something you actually enjoy if you follow your gut and ignore your ego.  Remember that you’re of service to the world, and if you are co-creating with source / a higher power, your light will shine through and you will be rewarded.

The rewards may not always be monetary- at least not right away- but rest assured that you’ll always be taken care of.  Each day I feel rewarded after leaving school or working on my writing, but it’s on an emotional level.  These are things I would do for free! (but thankfully I don’t have to)

I have also been channeling Archangel Gabriel, the angel of communication, to help support my work.  Earlier this year I began following Melanie Beckler of Ask-Angels.com, where I have been learning a lot on connecting and communicating with our guides.  Archangel Gabriel looks over the creatives and messengers- the writers, teachers, artists, and journalists.  It’s interesting to see how angels can help us in our daily lives, including our work!

Additionally, I love using my crystals to help support my work, too.  I wear Citrine to connect with Archangel Gabriel and carry Red Jasper for grounding, Rose Quartz to keep me aligned with love, and Green Jade to attract abundance!

Remember, it’s all in your vibration.  Keep thinking positive- your energy will support you along the way.

Healing Crystals To Support Your Work

Lately I’ve been in the habit of keeping stones with me.  Depending on where I’m going and what I’ll be doing, I will pick a stone to keep in my pocket throughout the day.

After starting to carry these gems with me on an everyday basis, I became curious to learn which stones may benefit me at work, too.

Although I have a daily practice of meditation, enjoying my coffee, and reading in the morning, I need to remember my “zen” throughout the day, too.  I often need to reset at lunch time to breathe, take a walk, and clear my mind.  The stones have been helpful reminders to calm my brain, slow down, and take it easier on myself.  When I feel nervous or antsy, I just reach in my pocket!  The stone is a symbol to keep me conscious and to stay in the moment.  Do crystals actually do anything?  I don’t have a scientific answer for that; but I do know they have been used for centuries (and I would never turn down additional support!) and have helped many long before my time.

Patience, communication, and sense of peace are absolutely necessary in your everyday work, so I looked up which stones would be helpful for focus, creativity, and working with others.

Rose Quartz

Representing unconditional love, this pretty pink stone is a favorite of many.  Rose Quartz opens the heart chakra and promotes friendship, self acceptance, harmony, and healing.  This is an ideal stone in any profession when working with others; this crystal allows us to feel compassion and understanding.  This is so commonly taken for granted in the workplace!  When you open your heart and think of your job as purposeful, the day simply goes by faster, everything flows easier, and you leave feeling better.  Empathy, care, and compassion goes a long way at work- each day I feel as if I have accomplished something good, which is a very new feeling for me after leaving the traditional business world.

Opalite

Opalite supports all levels of communication, opening any emotional blockages, psychic abilities, and strengthening your spiritual connection.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s so pretty- it shines iridescent shades of pink, blue, and purple.  Opalite is an ideal stone for life transitions, especially when facing a big decision.  It’s an amazing tool for opening the third eye- the chakra of intuition.  As my one year in Boston approaches (tomorrow!), I look back on how my own third eye assisted in my decision to start a new life in Massachusetts.  Although I’ve been living on “gut feelings” for as long as I can remember, that was the third eye in action.  Opalite is also great for mood swings, increasing energy, overcoming fatigue, and encourages persistence.  This is a power stone to aid all areas of life!

Amethyst 

This powerful and protective stone is not only beautiful, but it also benefits the immune system (which is always good in a school!).  Amethyst is most commonly known to support the crown chakra, which is your connection to the divine and your higher self.  Spiritual awareness, healing, inner peace, and balance are among the many benefits of amethyst, which are all perfect for any educator, writer, or artist.

Not only are these gemstones lovely, they each support your mind, body, and spirit.  I’ll admit, I’m hooked!  In addition to my pocket stones, I also love wearing crystal bracelets to boost my good vibes.  If you’re in the Boston area, my favorite stores for crystals are Seven Stars (Central Square, Cambridge) and ZuZu’s Healing Arts (Downtown Melrose).  You’ll even get a free stone at ZuZu’s when it’s your first time in!

What stones do you love for everyday healing?

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Citrine, Amethyst, and Chakra Bracelets from Seven Stars

Balancing Your Chakras With Crystals  

“Balance” is a word I never used to have in my vocabulary.  Until last year, I didn’t actually understand what a well-rounded, balanced life meant.  In a society that is always “on the go,” self-care can be put on the back burner.  As many of us do, I have fallen into the habit of putting all of my energy into one area of my life, neglecting others- leaving me irritable, anxious, and even sick.

Learning about the seven chakras has been incredibly helpful for me to understand which part of my life is unbalanced.  Chakras are the energy wheels along your spine, each representing an important area of your mind, body, and spirit.  When one or more of these energy centers are blocked, it can cause illness, impairing us both physically and emotionally.

I’ve been learning more about crystals and their healing properties as well.  Yesterday I took a trip to a healing arts store filled with crystals, cards, candles, and much more.  We studied the benefits of the gemstones and let our intuition guide us through the store, leading us to what we “needed.”  I realized I didn’t have stones to represent two very important chakras- the root and the throat.  After I got home, I laid out all of my crystals and began to read more about how each stone can aid my own healing, energy, and balance.


Root

The root chakra is your foundation- it represents safety, grounding, and life.

Stones for your root chakra include Red Jasper (shown above), Smoky Quartz, Garnet, and Black Onyx.

Sacral

The sacral chakra is the emotional energy field.  It represents creativity, sexuality, and pleasure.

Stones for your sacral chakra include Sunstone (shown above), Tiger Eye, Amber, and Goldstone.

Solar

The solar plexus chakra is the center of confidence and self esteem.  A balanced solar chakra represents control, integrity, and self-will.

Stones for your solar chakra include Picture Jasper (shown above), Pyrite, Citrine, and Yellow Jasper.

Heart

The heart chakra is your ability to love.  It opens up feelings of kindness, compassion, and self-acceptance.

Stones for your heart chakra include Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Jade (all shown above), and Emerald.

Throat

The throat chakra represents communication.  It opens up the ability to speak your truth and connect through words.

Stones for your throat chakra include Unakite (shown above), Angelite, Sodalite, and Aquamarine.

Third Eye

The third eye chakra is the center of your intuition.  When this chakra is open, it guides your perception and brings synchronicities, helping us tap into our emotional intelligence, truth, and wisdom.

Stones for your third eye chakra include Iolite, Opalite (both shown above), Lapis Lazuli, and Fluorite.

Crown

The crown chakra is the connection to your higher self and the Divine.  This is the chakra of enlightenment, awareness, and spirituality.

Stones for your crown chakra include Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Moonstone (all shown above), and Blue Lace Agate.


Each of these stones are powerful tools to assist you in your meditation practice, as well as using in your home, wearing as jewelry, or simply keeping in your pocket to help you through the day.  I often sleep with my Clear Quartz under my pillow- it is the Master Healer of all stones and represents all seven chakras!

What crystals do you use for healing and balancing your chakras?