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Celebrating The Magic – Day 8

On Day 8 of my challenge to celebrate the magic of life every single day (read about the inspiration behind it here), I indulged my creativity and experimented with designs for a very special necklace I am making for myself.  I temporarily got lost in a world of crystals, one of my favourite places to be!

A few months ago I’d bought some spectacular rainbow moonstone, labradorite and amethyst cabochons with an idea in mind of what I would make.  I’d put them aside and nearly forgotten all about it until this week.  This challenge has been such a blessing, as it has encouraged me to do things I probably wouldn’t have got around to for a long time otherwise.  It has already enriched my life in so many ways.

I had sketched out some designs a little while ago, but didn’t have them with me today, so I spent time arranging the crystals into mini mandalas.  As this is a completely new design and technique, I need to practise on some less precious gems before making the pendant.  This meant today was even more enjoyable as I just did the fun part of creating beautiful patterns with the crystals, without the tricky part of learning a new skill!

I enjoyed photographing the gemstones almost as much as I enjoyed arranging them, as it was enchanting to study the way they caught the light.  Challenging myself to celebrate the magical aspects of life every day has taught me to slow down and appreciate things I would normally rush through.  The emphasis was taken off completing the necklace which allowed me to relish the process.

How can a celebratory mindset allow you to appreciate the small but beautiful things in life more?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this or anything related in the comments below 🙂

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“You have to be kind of open to feel it”

By Didier Descouens (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Amethyst crystals.  Photo by Didier Descouens (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

My friend, voice coach, fellow body worker and self-development teacher suggested I write down this sentence that I had just uttered.  We’d been having a conversation about crystals, prana and energy work, and I’d been witnessing a conflict within the analytical, linear, logical thinking part of my mind.  I find it impossible to comprehend such things when I approach them in straight forward cause → effect kind of way, although that wonderful computer-like facet of my consciousness which serves me so well in the material world continues to strive to understand things which are beyond its grasp.

Undeniably I’ve experienced what many people describe as the ‘energy’ of crystals and gemstones.  Now ‘energy’ is a pretty vague term so let me tell you what it means to me in this context.  To me, the energy or essence of a crystal or any object is something that is felt, not with the senses, but with the heart.  That is why when you try to think about the primary experience in logical terms it often leads to a dead end.  But we were having the conversation because I had reached the point where I needed to acknowledge the part of me that experienced the world in this more direct way.

Peridot crystals, public domain image.

It was a relief to finally be able to vocalise something I’d been grappling with for quite a long time.  How could an inanimate object have ‘life’ in it?  How could I reconcile my first hand experiences with what my logical mind ‘knew’ about the world.  “You have to be kind of open to feel it” I said.  This openness is a shedding of the layers of knowledge which can get in the way of perceiving clearly.  In this case I was talking about a crystal, but the sentence could apply to just about anything.

The first time I was able to connect with the energy of crystals it was facilitated by an openness to the possibility of perceiving something that was beyond the ordinary senses.  I felt it resonate energetically in my body.  The experience, although later dismissed by my rational mind, was very direct, simple and profound.  It took me a long time to ‘come out’ about my love of gemstones and crystals, but when I reflected upon it, it seemed crazy not to share something that I feel on a deeper level than many things I speak of without a second thought.

My journey into this new world is only just beginning, but the first lesson I have learned from crystals is an important lesson in life also.  When you are able to open your heart in this way you perceive things differently, less limited by the preconceptions of the mind, and new possibilities begin to emerge.

One of my own creations.  To browse my handmade jewellery visit my Etsy shop TessHeaven.

Raw clear quartz crystal necklace; one of my own creations. To browse my handmade jewellery visit my Etsy shop TessHeaven.

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