Crystal Shaman Life with Lori A Andrus
#083 - the Art of Listening Within

#083 - the Art of Listening Within

October 11, 2021

Over the weekend, I was thinking a lot about the art of listening within.

Years ago, a mentor introduced me to reflective journaling. Since then, this practice has evolved into a ritual for me . . . a reflection ritual, a practice I come to on a daily basis to sink into deeper connection with my voice of inner wisdom.

This pathway in has been rich and supportive in cultivating the capacity to not only hear my voice of inner wisdom, but to also honor it.

As we navigate times of change (both personal and collective) our ability to hear our voice of inner wisdom and to honor it through inspired action is one of the most valuable skills we can develop.

It is the key to . . .

  • trusting our intuition.
  • elegantly navigating life's ups and downs.
  • taking inspired action.
  • being the powerful creator of our life and our reality.
  • living authentically in all facets of your life.

There are so many wonderful ways to enter into deeper connection with our soul. I would like to invite you to sink deeper into this conversation with me in this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast.

Wishing you a joy-filled week!

with love and crystals, Lori

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#082 - Ammonite Message: The Journey Within Creates Expansion

#082 - Ammonite Message: The Journey Within Creates Expansion

October 3, 2021

My forest immersion officially came to a close on Friday as Koda and I packed up the camper, locked the woodshed, and made our drive home.

It was a beautiful day for a drive. The fall colors were brilliant and while the scenery was pretty spectacular, but the feeling was bittersweet.

I was eager to return home, to get back into a routine of sorts but for the past couple months the forest has felt like a sanctuary. It has been a place to reset and sink into deeper connection with not only myself, but all of life. In many ways, being immersed in the woods in this way, I felt like I was being held in a sacred cocoon.

With all that has been and is unfolding in the world, I feel like we all could benefit from some aspect of deep soul nourishment right now.

For each of us, soul nourishment looks a little different.

But one of the things that has become clear to me this past summer is the importance of spending time in ways that we regard as sacred. During such times we connect with our inner wisdom and voice of inner knowing.

As we sink deeper into meaningful sacred practice, we return to ourselves and artfully navigate times of change, chaos, and uncertainty.

This is what I found in the woods. So simple. Yet so powerful.

Today, I want to invite you to do the same . . . to welcome opportunities to reconnect with yourself. Spend time with the sacred. Come home to you.

You, my friend, are here to shine, brilliantly.

Join me for this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast where I share the perfectly timed wisdom of Ammonite . . . a stone that invites us to expand into our wholeness by journeying deeper within.

Tune in today. 

Wishing you a joy-filled week!

with love and crystals, Lori

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#081 - As life changes direction, lean in.

#081 - As life changes direction, lean in.

September 28, 2021

Over the past year, life has changed direction for me. It's changed in ways that were both unexpected and warmly welcome. My time in the forest revealed a new way of being . . . I think one that I've been hungry for but could not recognize without simply leaning into the unfolding of it.

When life changes directions, we find ourselves standing at the threshold of the unknown. This is often not a comfortable place to be. It is often frightening. The path before us is unclear and the gift in taking the leap can often feel elusive.

But as this summer is coming to a close and I am reflecting upon the leap of faith Chris and I took in saying yes to purchasing this land, I find myself deeply grateful.

Yes, life changed direction. I am deeply grateful I leaned in and allowed it to unfold in ways I could not imagine.

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I sink deeper into this conversation. It's a raw, real, and vulnerable episode. Know that it is coming from my heart to yours. I invite you to tune in.

Wishing you a joy-filled week!

with love and crystals, Lori

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#080 - Flowing into the Fall Season

#080 - Flowing into the Fall Season

September 19, 2021

Hello sacred friend . . . 

Last night as the moon rose over the lake I laid on the dock in a refreshing sense of oneness. Bathing in the moonlight, I experienced one of those feelings, one of those moments I would love to bottle and share with the world.

Instead I took a picture. And shared it over on my blog. Check it out here: https://loriaandrus.com/flowingintofall/  ;-)

This week summer comes to an official close as we celebrate the Fall Equinox and welcome the fall season.

I'm up at camp again for a couple days enjoying a bit of solitude and celebrating both this week's full moon and the fall equinox with lots and lots of ceremony.

The changing season brings with it a changing energy . . . an energy that invites us into deeper reflection, a more gentle rhythm, and to honor our intuitive nature.

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I share some ideas and suggestions regarding how you can flow with and honor this season change in your life. Listen in now.

Wishing you a joy-filled week!

with love and crystals, Lori

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#079 - Pathways for accessing your inner wisdom

#079 - Pathways for accessing your inner wisdom

September 12, 2021

Inner wisdom. Intuition. Inner knowing. Inner guidance.

These are all great words (or phrases) to describe the part of self that is discerning, clear, decisive, and connected in ways that transcend logic and reason.

We all have access to this part of self.

It is a part that, when nurtured and developed, is an incredible ally in all facets of life. Our inner wisdom is our guide for navigating the ups and downs with grace, clarity, and alignment with our self and our personal values.

Over the years I have come to know that cultivating a relationship with my inner wisdom is what has helped me navigate some incredibly difficult experiences, focus my energy into projects and practices that nourish my soul, and healing in deep and profound ways.

I am very often asked for suggestions on how to develop ones intuition; where to begin. Actually, just after recording today's podcast episode where I dive into this topic, I received a private message from an old friend asking this very question. Random? Maybe. But I actually saw this as powerfully affirming the timing of today's podcast episode. This is a great example of the magic that unfolds when we listen to, trust, and take action upon our inner wisdom.

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast I dive into this more sharing some practices for tuning into your voice of inner wisdom.

Also, I would like to share with you that this week I am kicking off the next series of Monthly Masterclasses with a class about shamanic journeying as a practice for accessing your inner wisdom.

I would LOVE for you to join me. Learn more and sign up here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/masterclass

with love and crystals, Lori 

#078 - Knowing what you want . . .

#078 - Knowing what you want . . .

August 9, 2021

This morning I woke up thinking about a client I worked with years ago.

During a conversation with her I asked a question that she was not able to answer . . . a question that I think many of us struggle with:

"What do you want?"

She knew I wasn't asking this question from a surface level or probing at egoic ideals, but rather I was asking her soul.

"What do you want?"

She was silent for a very long time. I could feel how her thoughts, opinions, personal judgements, or fears were getting in the way.

Her mind was fighting with the answer her soul was sharing. Finally, she took a deep breath and replied, "I don't know. I need to think about this."

I danced with her for a bit, rewording the question and trying another door. But she locked up tight.

I felt the part of her wanting to answer, and I heard the part of her afraid of her own dreams.

I know this place.

I've given that answer . . . to myself, to my friends, to my colleagues, and to my mentors. Sometimes I really don't know. Other times, it's because a part of me is reluctant to give voice to what my soul most desires. I also know the pain of not honoring my dreams.

Usually, for me, there is an element of fear or judgement that is surfacing from my ego. This bit of fear or judgement has likely gotten in the way for a very long time. I've come to know that in those moments, I have a choice . . . I can lock up tighter, or I can lean into the space being held and lay it down. The thing is, sometimes the moment isn't right.

Maybe there's a reason we need to hold tight to our story or limiting belief for a bit longer . . . a reason it is serving us. If you ever notice this, honor where you are at and welcome your right timing.

But if right now, you, like many other people, have been feeling an energetic call to say "yes" to what your soul wants . . . NOW is an Amazing time to do that.

Back to the client I spoke of earlier . . . A couple months later, she was able to answer that question. Not only that, she was ready to take action and breathe life into what she wanted.

I want this for you, too!

I want to see you bring your dreams to life.

Yesterday's new moon (and the lion's gate portal) are inviting us to lay down our resistance, our doubts, our worries, our fears, our judgements and listen. Yes, listen to what our soul really wants and then claim it.

This is where our conversation went during the weekly FB live in the Crystal Shaman Life FB Group.

Enjoy this replay.

with love and crystals, Lori

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Join me in Meditation - Replay from FB Live 7/26/21

Join me in Meditation - Replay from FB Live 7/26/21

July 26, 2021

Hello Sacred Friend, 

This morning in the Crystal Shaman Life FB Group we sank into a heart centered meditation of sweetness. 

I invite you to sink into this meditation through this replay. 

Also, I would like to invite you to join us in the Crystal Shaman Life FB Group. You can find that here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crystalshaman

with love and crystals, Lori

#077 - Getting to know the rocks underfoot

#077 - Getting to know the rocks underfoot

June 22, 2021

I'm writing to you this afternoon with a stellar view out our camper window as we hang out on our somewhat remote land in the Upper Peninsula of MI.

Last summer Chris and I purchased this little slice of sweetness as a place to camp and just get out into nature. As we spend more and more time here, we are beginning to see how each visit seems to be met with its own surprise, magic, and experience: from a lightening strike or warm sunny afternoon to trimming trees and working on our road. As we connect with this space, we have been finding new meaning in co-creating and connecting with the earth.

It's been interesting to step back from our own agenda or plan and allow the earth to instead reveal something even more amazing.

Yesterday, after another refreshing rain, the gravel on our driveway began revealing its true colors. What is at quick glance is red and black basalt was showing itself to be filled with so much more . . . think chrysocolla, calcite, chlorastrolite, epidote, serpentine, rhyolite, copper, and so much more. Imagine, all of this right underfoot every day. Wow! Just wow!

Slowly over time Chris and I have been gathering a little collection of these stones, but something about yesterdays rain made them even more obvious. It was like my eyes focused in on one piece after another.

This got me thinking about how amazing these little utilitarian stones are . . . they are so much more than driveway gravel . . . and they have so much more to share.

Have you ever found yourself inexplicably drawn to a piece of landscape rock or something sparkly on the road?

Don't worry, you're not alone.

But I do think that as adults we sometimes try to resist picking up such pieces . . maybe we are worried about looking a litt woo woo or maybe we worry that it could be seen as stealing a rock or any other little reason that may pop in.

Totally get it.

And there are definitely circumstances where picking up a found rock just is not appropriate . . . but then there are times, like when you're walking a driveway where tires likely transport rocks every day and I have to say: Why not?

I bet that little lovely that's catching your eye has something to share.

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, we sink deeper into this conversation. I invite you to listen in HERE:

with love and crystals, Lori

P.S. The Talking with Stones Masterclass is a great way to sink deeper into your connection with the crystals and stones. Sign up for it here:

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Coffee, Crystals, Conversation - FB Live 6/7/21 - Talking with the Stones

Coffee, Crystals, Conversation - FB Live 6/7/21 - Talking with the Stones

June 7, 2021

Hey Sacred Friends, 

Sharing a replay of this morning's FB Live in the Crystal Shaman Life FB Group. 

We dove into conversation around mastery, why talking with stones is a wonderful way to more clearly understand personal and collective energies, and how the hot summer sun is illuminating what is ready to be transformed as we near the summer solstice. 

I thought perhaps you would enjoy tuning into this conversation. 

Also . . . 

I would LOVE for you to join me for the Talking with Stones Masterclass. 

Sign up for that here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/masterclass-shamanic-journeying-talking-with-the-stones/

#076 - Looking for what is right.

#076 - Looking for what is right.

June 4, 2021

"Look for what is right and create more of that."

This is just such a powerful phrase. (one shared with me many times by my dear friend and colleague, Melissa)

"Look for what is right and create more of that."

So often we get wrapped into worries, fears, doubts, and insecurities around what is not working or what is not 'going right' that we begin to see this as a 'safe' place.

Expressing and sharing our worries, doubts, and fears becomes the 'safe' place in conversation, the 'safe' place in the ways we see ourselves, and it is the 'safe' place we cling to as we stand on the precipice of a leap.

Now there is definitely a time to express these facets of our experience, and it is such a gift to sink into sacred conversation with a friend, family member, or loved one who can hold space as voice is brought to what we have been struggling with.

But when we begin to create more awareness around this 'safe' place while also welcoming crystal clear awareness around what is already right and amazing in our lives, magic happens.

In my final year as an occupational therapist, we kicked off the year with a talk by Dewitt Jones where he extended the invitation to 'celebrate what's right with the world.'

This talk shaped my life and my work in so many ways and even still there are times when I find myself descending into the trenches of old pain and getting stuck in what is wrong. This is part of being human . . . the opportunity to know and experience a full spectrum of emotions. What a cool thing?!

The thing that always seems to pull me out is shifting my gaze, just a bit, so that it lands upon something that is already right.

For today, I want to invite you to do this as well.

There is always something right if we just simply shift our lens of perspective and see the moment, the situation, or the experience just a little bit differently.

As we recognize what is right, we step through a sacred passage into what is possible. We heal. We grow. We change. We transform. We open our hearts to what is next . . . and what is next is just waiting to be born.

Yes, as we find what is right, we begin to create more of that.

P.S. Tuesday is the final Masterclass until fall when we will sink back in with a new series of classes. This month we are Talking with Stones. If you've been curious about how to deepen your relationship with the crystals and stones, this is the class for you! Join us. The masterclasses are open to everyone! Sign up here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/masterclass

P.P.S. All Masterclass replays are available. Such a great way to nurture yourself this summer. Check them out here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/masterclass

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