Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Crystal Healing Quiz


It was many years ago, while living in Eugene, that I was blessed to come across Andrew Pacholyk online. I subscribed to his crystal healing and alternative health newsletter. Countless hours were spent pouring over his website and blog. He inspired me to pursue a holistic lifestyle and continues today to motivate me to learn and grow.

Subscribe to these Yahoo groups where I first "met"
Yogiguruji aka Andrew Pacholyk.

He definitely struck the match that lit a fire within me to learn more about crystals and their healing properties. I love this simple, but comprehensive, overview of what crystals assist with personal challenges.  I hope you do too.

Crystal Quiz

*These are YES and NO answers.
*You will find the answers at the end of the test.
*Remember, your answers may vary every time you take the test. This is an indication of what crystal you may need in the moment.

1. It's hard for me to concentrate.
2. I have a hard time making decisions.
3. I'd like to be more in touch with angels.
4. I have lots of ideas, but I can't seem to materialize them.
5. I have lots of ideas, but it's difficult for me to express them.
6. I have difficulty letting go of old ideas.
7. I wish I liked myself more.
8. It's hard for me to be honest with other people.
9. Sometimes I wish I were in a different dimension of reality.
10. I hate my body. I'm too (fat, skinny, short, tall, etc.).
11. I never have enough money to satisfy my needs.
12. I resent what some people have done to me, and find it difficult to forgive them.
13. I know that I have a limited view of some areas of my life, but I don't know how to gain a broader perspective.
14. I often find that other people's moods are contagious, i.e., if someone is sad I find myself feeling sad, too.
15. I want to feel more at peace with myself.
16. I feel that I lack imagination.
17. I'm not in touch with my intuition.
18. It's hard for me to think logically.
19. I find myself getting angry when I have to deal with incompetent people.
20. I feel stressed out a great deal of the time.
21. I have a low opinion of myself.
22. I'm intolerant of others.
23. It's hard for me to let go of anger.
24. I have goals, but I find it difficult to get from where I am to where I want to be.
25. There seems to be a lot of negativity in my life.
26. I'd like to be more prosperous.
27. I want to understand myself better.
28. I wish I had more creative abilities.
29. I want to trust my psychic abilities more.
30. I wish I were more in touch with nature.
31. I want to be free of past sorrows.
32. I have a lot of anxiety attacks.
33. I often feel emotionally unbalanced.
34. I would like more serenity in my life.
35. I wish good things happened more quickly to me.
36. I wish I knew what's stopping me from having what I want.
37. I'd like to be more patient with myself and others.
38. I wish I could look at my problems more rationally.
39. I'd like to know what's going on inside me.
40. When I'm sick I get so nervous about it that it's hard for me to get well.
41. Sometimes I'm not sure what I feel.
42. I'm oversensitive.
43. Sometimes I don't trust myself.
44. I feel as if I'm on an emotional roller-coaster.
45. I need to uncover my deepest fears.
46. I'm depressed a lot of the time.
47. I need more passion in my life.
48. I find it hard to ask others for help.
49. I have difficulty in asserting myself.
50. I have frequent nightmares.
51. I feel that I'm too inflexible.
52. No matter how hard I try I can't seem to be objective about my problems.
53. I feel as if I come from another planet.
54. I have trouble meditating.
55. I would like to develop my intellect.
56. I worry too much about other people's opinions of me.
57. I feel that I present to the world an image of myself which isn't really me.
58. I feel disconnected from other people.
59. No matter how hard I try, I can't stick to my diet (or break another addiction).
60. I find it impossible to let go of old relationships.

Crystal Test Solutions


1. It's hard for me to concentrate.

Sodalite. It helps to clear up both mental and emotional confusion which can prevent concentration. 



2. I have a hard time making decisions.

Carnelian: It helps us to focus on the present, and our current needs. 


3. I'd like to be more in touch with angels.
Angelite: This crystal helps us to be in touch with angels and animal guides, as well as assisting in distant communication with other humans. 

4. I have lots of ideas, but I can't seem to materialize them.
Citrine. It helps you to manifest your ideas so that you can act on them.
Clear Calcite: Sometimes we can't find new answers because we're operating in a framework of old beliefs. Clear calcite helps us to change our perspective. 

5. I have lots of ideas, but it's difficult for me to express them.
Turquoise: It helps you to clarify ideas and to express them creatively and to enroll others in helping to make them come true. 

6. I have difficulty letting go of old ideas.
Clear quartz: Called the mirror of the soul, it helps us to see who we truly are, free of limiting ideas and beliefs. 

7. I wish I liked myself more.
Rose Quartz: This is the stone for self-love, meaning appreciation of yourself, regardless of what you consider to be your shortcomings. 

8. It's hard for me to be honest with other people.
Amazonite: For courage of personal expression. 

9. Sometimes I wish I were in a different dimension of reality.
All grounding (black/red) stones help to reestablish a loving connection with the earth dimension. These include smoky quartz, hematite, tiger's eye, obsidian, black tourmaline, onyx, and red jasper. 

10. I hate my body. I'm too (fat, skinny, short, tall, etc.).
Smoky quartz: Of all the grounding stones, it establishes the most gentle and loving connection with the body. 
Rose Quartz: This is the stone for self-love, meaning appreciation of yourself, regardless of what you consider to be your shortcomings. 

11. I never have enough money to satisfy my needs.
Citrine: for using one's individual and unique talents to create abundance.
Chrysoprase: Attracts abundance and helps in success with new ventures. 
Aventurine: seems to enable abundance and brings good luck and money, joy, balance and clarity. 
Turquoise: manifests spiritual qualities, healing, friendship & love, luck associated around the awareness of money. 
Tiger's eye: is most recognized for bringing money and showing us our personal power. 

12. I resent what some people have done to me, and find it difficult to forgive them.
Amethyst: is the stone of spirituality. Used for contentment and meditation. Provides common sense and flexibility in decisions. Apache Tears: The purpose of this gemstone is to bring to light that which is hidden from the conscious mind. It dissolves suppressed negative patterns and purifies them.
Rose Quartz: represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, lovingness, self-love and emotional balance! 
Chryscolla: Gentle, soothing, friendly stone excellent for Heart Chakra; flushes and heals heart blocks (loss, hurt, guilt, fear...) for allowingness, flexibility, self-forgiveness, peace of heart, patience. 
Sugilite: This stone is especially effective in working on resentment and anger. 

13. I know that I have a limited view of some areas of my life, but I don't know how to gain a broader perspective.
Hawk's Eye: This stone helps to provide an "aerial" and more objective viewpoint of one's situation. 

14. I often find that other people's moods are contagious, i.e., if someone is sad I find myself feeling sad, too.
Hematite: In ancient times this stone was used as a mirror because of its reflective qualities. It can help you to deflect, rather than absorb, the moods of others. 

15. I want to feel more at peace with myself.
Angelite: This crystal helps us to be in touch with angels and animal guides, as well as assisting in distant communication with other humans. 
Chrysocolla: Its deep blue-green hue soothes and calms the heart. It is also considered to be a stone to program for world peace. Rose Quartz: represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, lovingness, self-love and emotional balance! 


16. I feel that I lack imagination.
Aquamarine, a stone which has been related to the sea, helps us to brave the unknown and experience the flow of creativity.
Clear Calcite: Lacking imagination is often the inability to see beyond the (invisible) mental boundaries we've set for ourselves. Clear calcite helps us to expand our vision. 

17. I'm not in touch with my intuition.
Blue Agate and Malachite: Both of these stones assist in left/right-brain balance. Thus, those who feel stuck in their logical, rational selves can rebalance so that they may hear their intuitive voices. 

18. It's hard for me to think logically.
As Blue Agate and Malachite help those who are mostly logical to get in touch with intuition, so mostly intuitive people can use these stones to experience their rational sides. Both stones relate to left/right-brain balance. 

19. I find myself getting angry when I have to deal with incompetent people.
Rhodonite: Combining pink, the color for love, with black, for grounding, this stone promotes tolerance. 

20. I feel stressed out a great deal of the time.
Amethyst: This stone is commonly referred to as nature's tranquilizer. It's also beneficial for those who suffer from insomnia or nightmares.
Amber: This stone helps with any kind of emotional turmoil.
Chrysoprase: Helps to release emotional tension and stress which has lodged in the physical being.
Turquoise: helps to balance energy. This blue/green stone is one of the most soothing. 

21. I have a low opinion of myself.
Smoky Quartz is the most widely-used stone for self-esteem.
Citrine is another good choice, as it balances both any tendency to have an inflated opinion of self as well as an inadequate sense of self. 

22. I'm intolerant of others.
Rhodonite and Rose Quartz: Rhodonite is effective in dealing with intolerance of acquaintances and strangers; while Rose Quartz addresses the intolerance we feel towards those people who mirror what we view as our own faults. 

23. It's hard for me to let go of anger.
Rhodonite: This stone helps us to be patient and to forgive. 

24. I have goals, but I find it difficult to get from where I am to where I want to be.
Clear Quartz: A pointed crystal has the most focused energy, and clear quartz is the most powerful crystal to program for goals. 

25. There seems to be a lot of negativity in my life.
Hematite and Black Tourmaline both help to deflect negativity. 

26. I'd like to be more prosperous.
Green tourmaline for awakening one's creativity for the purpose of creating more abundance.
Citrine: for feeling confident about using those abilities.
Honey Calcite: for manifesting abundance in work-related areas.
Pyrite: For awakening the creativity and discovering new ways of creating abundance. 

27. I want to understand myself better.
Moss Agate helps one to understand the self improves ego and self esteem. 

28. I wish I had more creative abilities.
Amazonite: Assists in courage of personal expression, giving us the power to say the words we're afraid to speak. Creativity may be a process of co-creation with others..
Chryscolla: Calms us so that our thoughts flow freely. This is a good stone for those who find their thinking processes to be intellectually sound, but lacking emotional quality.
Malachite: for its ability to help balance the logical, practical and intuitive, visionary sides of the brain.
Carnelian: For helping creativity to flow.
Aqua Aura: Encourages self-expression in service to others. 

29. I want to trust my psychic abilities more.
Labradorite/spectrolite: This stone assists us in the wise use of psychic powers; thus we need not fear using them for the wrong purposes. 
Hematite: This stone assists in grounding the mind and condenses scattered feelings, turns fuzziness into mental clarity, enhances concentration, memory, and practicality. 
Charoite: The stone of transformation. Charoite helps seeing old patterns with new possibilities. It is believed to open the heart, allow inspiration, encourage service, and grants us the ability for seeing more clearly (mentally, physically, psychically). 
Kyanite: is most effective when placed on the Throat Chakra in order to open the throat for communication and self expression. On the Brow (Third Eye) Chakra, it enhances psychic images, foresight, consciousness and meditation. 
Malachite: for its ability to help balance the logical, practical and intuitive, visionary sides of the brain. 

30. I wish I were more in touch with nature.
Agate: This stone helps us to connect to nature and nature spirits. 

31. I want to be free of past sorrows.
Aventurine: Sorrow is stored in the heart, and aventurine is an ideal stone for soothing heartache. 

32. I have a lot of anxiety attacks.
Rhodochrosite: This stone assists in slow, deep breathing, which relaxes the solar plexus and sends needed oxygen to the brain. 

33. I often feel emotionally unbalanced.
Moonstone: This stone assists you both when you're feeling over-emotional or out of touch with your feelings. 

34. I would like more serenity in my life.
Amethyst: The most recommended stone for stress relief.
Aquamarine: This stone has the calming, soothing energy of the sea. 

35. I wish good things happened more quickly to me.
Rutilated Quartz: Its high vibrations speed in manifesting what you want. 

36. I wish I knew what's stopping me from having what I want.
Black Obsidian: This stone helps to bring to the surface the hidden and limiting beliefs which may blocking you.
Clear Calcite has the same effect in a more gentle way. 

37. I'd like to be more patient with myself and others.
Rose Quartz: This stone teaches self-love and acceptance; when we feel this way about ourselves it's easier to have patience with others. 
Rhodonite: This stone helps with patience. 

38. I wish I could look at my problems more rationally.
Sodalite: When you feel completely confused this stone can help with mental calmness. 

39. I'd like to know what's going on inside me.
Obsidian: This stone will tell you' be sure you want to know. 

40. When I'm sick I get so nervous about it that it's hard for me to get well.
Amethyst: The stone for over stressed nerves.
Rhodochrosite: for relieving anxiety. 

41. Sometimes I'm not sure what I feel.
Moonstone: This stone helps us to get in touch with our feelings. 

42. I'm over-sensitive.
Hematite: Being over-sensitive usually means being over-affected by the opinions and/or feelings of others. Hematite helps to shield us from this. 

43. Sometimes I don't trust myself.
Rose Quartz: This is the stone for loving ourselves, and trust naturally follows love. 

44. I feel as if I'm on an emotional roller-coaster.
Moonstone: This stone helps to bring balance to the emotions. 

45. I need to uncover my deepest fears.
Obsidian: This stone will bring up anything which is hidden, and is best used with any of the quartzes (especially rose quartz and aventurine) to soften its effect.
Charoite: Helps one to deal with both known and unknown fears. 

46. I'm depressed a lot of the time.
Smoky Quartz: When we're depressed we feel both that we have no solid ground to stand on and that light is absent from our lives. This stone, which is dark and light-filled, can help.
Amber: This helps to draw out depression. 

47. I need more passion in my life.
Ruby: This is the traditional stone for sexual and emotional passion. 

48. I find it hard to ask others for help.
Amazonite and Turquoise: The first stone gives courage of self-expression; the second gives the ability to ask for help. 

49. I have difficulty in asserting myself.
Amazonite: This stone helps us to say what we need to say. 

50. I have frequent nightmares.
Amethyst: This is the traditional stone for peaceful sleep. 

51. I feel that I'm too inflexible.
Green Calcite: This stone, formed in water, helps to bring flexibility to our perceptions of ourselves and others. 

52. No matter how hard I try I can't seem to be objective about my problems.
Clear Calcite: This stone helps us to to draw on our higher or spiritual selves for creative solutions. 

53. I feel as if I come from another planet.
Moldavite: Some of us may; moldavite can helps us all to feel more comfortable on the earth plane.
Ametrine: Helps us to balance the spiritual and physical words. 

54. I have trouble meditating.
Kyanite: I have found that this stone helps me to be grounded and calm so that I can meditate.
Hematite: This stone helps to calm and stabilize our energy. 

55. I would like to develop my intellect.
Fluorite: Known as the genius stone, it can help stimulate intellectual powers. 

56. I worry too much about other people's opinions of me.
Rose Quartz: When we nurture ourselves with self-love other people's opinions of us will usually mirror our own. 

57. I feel that I present to the world an image of myself which isn't really me.
Charoite: We often present false images because we're afraid that we won't be accepted for who we are. Charoite helps to dissolve fear. 

58. I feel disconnected from other people.
Quartz Cluster: Helps us to see the beauty of community and helps with group meditations. 

59. No matter how hard I try, I can't stick to my diet (or break another addiction).
Amethyst: Many people have successfully used this stone to help in releasing addictions. 

60. I find it impossible to let go of old relationships:
Onyx: This is the stone for breaking unwanted ties to the past.

by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.
http://www.peacefulmind.com/


Monday, March 2, 2015

Recipe: YUMM Sauce

Cafe YUMM is this super healthy restaurant that makes the best combination bowls. A totally new way of eating for me and completely addictive. Layer your favorite veg, rice and beans with these "sauces" to create your own favorite bowls. Or better yet, come up with your own Yumm Sauce combination. Try it with charred pumpkin and toasted pumpkin seeds; or thai green curry and cashews; or parsley, mint and pistachios! There's no limit to YUMM-y combinations!

Cafe YUMM Sauce

Original Mmmm Sauce

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro

In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine oil, almonds, water and chickpeas. 
Blend until relatively smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. 
Transfer to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until serving. 

Nacho Mmmm Sauce
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

2/3 cup prepared or homemade salsa
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried cilantro or
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Combine salsa, water, almonds, chickpeas, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, salt, 
chili powder, cumin and cilantro in a food processor or high-speed blender, 
and blend until smooth. Pour sauce into a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Pesto Mmmm Sauce
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

1 bunch basil, or approximately 2 cups packed leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine basil, olive oil, toasted walnuts, water, chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice,
and nutritional yeast in a food processor or high-speed blender, and blend until smooth. 
Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour sauce into a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Back to Eugene

The Hubster and I lived in Eugene, Oregon back in the late 90s/early 2000s. Loved everything about it except the weather. It was just a bit too damp. That being said, I have only the very best memories of the city comprised of a variety of small communities with distinct personalities.


 Our house was located near the base of Spencer Butte and the view of it always filled me with awe. Hiking the trail to the top is one of my favorite memories. If you ever make it to Eugene I highly urge you to make the trek. There are three trails that take you through a variety of terrain including meadows and groves. I brought my flute one time and played in the grove, the sound echoing through the trees.



Our back yard had a great deck tucked up in the trees, a  hot tub we adored and  planter boxes filled with lilies and poppies that created a riot of color in the Summer.  And the Lilac bushes, oh my!  For a couple weeks every spring my awesome husband would fill vases of these gorgeous dark purple blossoms and place them in every room their intoxicating scent filling our home..  A variety of oaks, cedars and pines shared their tree magic with us. 


There were tiered planter boxes against the foundation of the house. Hubster built a water feature, replicating a creek using river rock to create mini waterfalls and rapids. He carefully placed clear quartz crystals here and there so they were constantly bathed with sparkling water and the light of the sun & moon. The trickling sound soothed us to sleep when it was warm enough to keep the windows open. We called it Crystal Creek.



One evening we heard a ruckus, looking out our window we spied a family of raccoons, the babies were splashing/sliding in "Crystal Creek" Too cute even if the Hubster had to laughingly put it back to rights. We even had a doe dozing away next to it one warm August afternoon. Squirrels, both grey and european browns, ran up and down the Pin Oak tree that shaded our second story deck. I loved that house so much with its kite studio, gourmet kitchen and hot tub. Good Times.



Saturday, February 28, 2015

Spirit Minded Walks


WALKING MEDITATION

If you have a longing to connect with something higher, whether it be your
higher self or higher powers and beings, one of the simplest ways to connect
is by creating a daily ritual for yourself. Whether you meditate, do yoga,
read inspirational books, or just take a walk, doing a daily ritual creates
a doorway through which the higher can enter your life.


Setting Aside Sacred Time

Most of us are so busy during the day that we have a hard time hearing that
quiet, dry voice of higher guidance. Whether we know it or not, our higher
selves, spirit guides and angels and totems are speaking to us all the
time-most of the time we just can't hear them over all the noise of cell
phones, radio, teleconferences, and gossip. So, we need to set aside some
sacred time to connect, and daily rituals are perfect for that.

Importance of Consistency

If you've already got a daily ritual that you use, you're one step ahead.
Just make sure and do that ritual with as much consistency as possible. In
spiritual circles, people have discovered that the consistency of doing a
ritual at the same time every time increases the level and quality of the
connection with the higher. If you don't already have a ritual, you can try
meditation, or you can try this simple walking ritual.

Walking Meditation Ritual

Decide what amount of time or what distance you want to walk each day (you
can adjust this later). The first half of the walk, you get to talk. Talk to your guides, your
totems, your angels or the Universe in general. Talk about what's on your
mind, or what's going on in your life, or what you want or need. Talk about
anything that's important to you or that you need help with.

The second half of the walk, you get to listen. Take in everything your
guides or the Universe is trying to express to you. Feel your feelings, feel
the sensations in your body, hear the sounds around you, smell the smells,
and take in the sights. Become an instrument of listening and absorbing.

If you take this walk daily at about the same time every day, you will have
established a consistent connection with the higher. In other words, it's a
scheduled appointment between you and your higher helpers. It's a time when
you can truly connect, listen and be heard. Your life will increase in
richness, depth, and understanding. This and other daily rituals will become
like a maypole around which your life revolves with steadiness and strength.

Blessings!


Barefoot in the Sand


The hubster and I rise before dawn every day. Habits of the elder folk I reckon. It was a glorious Sunday morning in February and I had this deep desire, a craving, to connect with the elements up close and personal. As the sun rose in the sky warming up chilly Scotts Valley we hopped in our car and drove to Twin Lakes Beach. As my bare feet sank in the soft sand, warm rays dusting my skin I eagerly rolled up my pants and started playing in the waves as they rolled up on shore. The water was surprisingly warm and felt bubbly, effervescent, ticklng my toes. I can't remember laughing that much in a long time. Mmmm.....I felt so Light. Energized. Bouncy!  

Some may say that "earthing", or grounding, is a load of crap, I certainly don't. I always loved going barefoot, it seemed comforting to me. Yet somewhere along the way I stopped and I'm not sure why. I think as we age we forget to feel what it's like to have our feet grounded in the Mother. I am so glad to have been recently reminded and plan on spending even more time this coming year skipping in the grass, splashing in the waves, shuffling through the deep sand, connecting, reflecting. feeling. absorbing.



http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/8-methods-of-grounding.html