Crystal Shaman Life
#059 - Love + Gratitude - A Rose Quartz Guided Meditation

#059 - Love + Gratitude - A Rose Quartz Guided Meditation

November 25, 2020

I want to extend my Love and my Gratitude to YOU!

I am so grateful you are here and a part of this little corner of the virtual world.

This week, I'm shaking things up and created a super special Rose Quartz Guided Meditation.

It is available as a little video on my youtube channel. 

Check that out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/JourneyJewels  

#058 - Sacred Practices for Welcoming New Crystals + Stones

#058 - Sacred Practices for Welcoming New Crystals + Stones

November 17, 2020

This afternoon I'm thinking about some of the sacred practices and rituals I draw on each time I welcome a new crystal to my collection.

​Over the weekend, this beauty arrived at my door. 

Oh my, this is one yummy piece of candle quartz!

As we started sinking into ritual together, I decided I would share a bit of my process with you. 

This seems to be a very common crystal question that pops up in conversations, interviews, and in 

It's kind of the 'so I've got this super cool crystal and now what' sort of question. 

Maybe you remember asking that yourself somewhere along the way. 

I know I certainly did. 

You may have noticed this as 'feeling something that you can't quite explain it.' Or 'feeling called to carry it around, but not knowing why.'

I remember a distinct moment when I felt like there must be something more I can do than read a couple great descriptions in my go-to crystal books.​ This moment was pivotal for me. And after years of diving deep into crystal study and practice, the questions that I once regarded as beginner questions I've now come to know as THE Questions.

Working with crystals is all about creating relationship. This happens when we allow ourselves to feel awkward and get curious about why we have feelings we can explain or why we want to hold our crystal at our heart rather than in our hands. 

The thing is, cultivating this relationship takes time and practice. It requires nurturing and nourishing. This begins with simple things like how we welcome a new crystal into our home. 

In today's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I share my favorite tips and tricks for connecting with new crystals and stones. 

Regardless of whether you don a crystal newbie or crystal expert hat, I want to invite you into this episode with a playful and creative beginners mind. 

This lovely piece of candle quartz channeled a potent (and unexpected) message at the beginning of this episode that speaks to this . . . yep, this candle quartz kinda rocks!

Listen in Here: 

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

P.S. Now is the time for nurturing and nourishing your inner worlds . . . I'd LOVE for you to join us in the Sanctuary Membership Circle. Sign up here: www.thesanctuarycircle.life

#057 - Message from the Crystal of the Month - Labradorite

#057 - Message from the Crystal of the Month - Labradorite

November 10, 2020

Ceremony + a crystal deep dive . . . this has been a central theme for me over the past week, and well, I guess throughout 2020. Haha.

It's been so much fun. 

One of the ways I chose to explore my relationship with the crystals and stones was through art. I've been painting. A lot. And I've got a growing collection.

Last week I finished up what I thought was the final series of paintings for this collection, but within 24hrs a couple more crystals called out to be painted. One of them being the November stone of the month, Labradorite. 

Labradorite has been a long time favorite of mine. I still remember where and when we first met. Something about this reflective crystal stood out to me on that day. It has since become my go-to crystal ally for navigating between worlds, taking a shamanic journey, listening within, and it's even the one I call upon when I feel like I need a bit of protection.

Labradorite supports us in refining our expression by supporting us in attuning to our inner truths. 
How would your life be different if you gave yourself both time and space to do a little inner reflection, allowing your inner world to have a voice, and to allow that voice to be expressed?

In today's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I dive deeper into this conversation sharing wisdom from Labradorite.

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

P.S. the doors are open for the SANCTUARY Membership Circle!

The Sanctuary Membership Circle is a soft place to land, a space where we find sacred connection with self, with spirit, and with all of life. 

Each month you will find fresh and timely new content that will support you in attuning to the monthly pulse. This lovingly curated content will include: guided meditations, ‘in the now’ crystal wisdom and messages, soulful reflection rituals, and other practical sacred practices and fun surprises.

Sign up Here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/thesanctuary/

P.P.S. While you're there, you'll discover a limited time Founding Member Rate . . . I think that's pretty cool and I would LOVE for you to take advantage.

For more information about Lori or to listen to other episodes visit: https://loriaandrus.com

#056 - The Sacred Unknown

#056 - The Sacred Unknown

November 5, 2020

I'm just popping in today to share a special episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast. 

Over the past couple days I've been sitting in ceremony, tending to the fire, and holding space.

This is an interesting time, on many levels. We are in the midst of a great and very sacred unknown. 

That does not mean it's comfortable. Actually, for many of us the unknown is quite uncomfortable

If that's you, know that you are not alone. You are in good company.

We've been living in a time when fast answers and immediate results are available with a quick click or browser refresh. We know what to do with answers. They create a sense of safety.

So what do we do when those quick answers are not available or when the circumstances of our life are in some way outside of our control. 

It is a time to sink into sacred practice.

In this episode I share both some thoughts and suggestions as to how you can lean into the unknown as a birthplace for possibility through sacred practice. 

 

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

P.S. Have you heard about the Sanctuary Membership Circle? Doors are Now Open . . . Learn more here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/thesanctuary

 

#055 - Ceremony how-to’s, tips, and tricks

#055 - Ceremony how-to’s, tips, and tricks

November 1, 2020

Mmm . . . I'm so enjoying the energy of this weekend. 

What have you been noticing? How have you been experiencing it?

In my world, I've been finding myself immersed in deep conversations with friends, profound dreams, sinking into creative projects, and enjoying quiet, reflective time as I dive deeper into my study and practice of the ceremonial arts.

Weeks ago, I received guidance to block off a bit of time on my calendar at the end of October / beginning of November. I'm really glad I listened.

This mid-point of the fall season is a time when our intuitive senses feel heightened. 

We may recognize or experience this as a clear(er) connection with the spiritual worlds. We may notice animal messengers popping in with a little love or we may awake with a clear message, words of wisdom, or sense of knowing. We may feel more connected with self, with spirit, and with all of life than we do at other times. 

Often, this time of year is recognized as one in which the veils between the physical and spiritual worlds are thin and our ability to connect with the unseen or spiritual realms happens with greater ease. It is a rich time for honoring our ancestors and healing ancestral patterns. It is a time for love, compassion, and forgiveness. It is a time for ceremony. 

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast I dive into conversation around the difference between sacred practice, ritual, and ceremony and I share some of my favorite ceremony tips and tricks. 

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

P.S. the doors are open for the SANCTUARY Membership Circle!

The Sanctuary Membership Circle is a soft place to land, a space where we find sacred connection with self, with spirit, and with all of life. 

Each month you will find fresh and timely new content that will support you in attuning to the monthly pulse. This lovingly curated content will include: guided meditations, ‘in the now’ crystal wisdom and messages, soulful reflection rituals, and other practical sacred practices and fun surprises.

I won't overwhelm you with all of the membership details here, but I would like to invite you to check them out and sign up over here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/thesanctuary/

P.P.S. While you're there, you'll discover a limited time Founding Member Rate . . . this is a lifetime rate available until 11/30. I think that's pretty cool and I would LOVE for you to take advantage.

For more information about Lori or to listen to other episodes visit: https://loriaandrus.com

#054 - Taking it to Ceremony. Let’s talk about the benefits + when it’s a great time to step in.

#054 - Taking it to Ceremony. Let’s talk about the benefits + when it’s a great time to step in.

October 16, 2020

Happy New Moon!

Mmm . . . I'm really enjoying the energy of this new moon. 

There is a lot happening in the skies right now​ (and well as here on earth), but something about this Libra New Moon feels like both a point of endings and new beginnings . . . like the energy of both a full moon and a new moon are alive and active right now. 

You may be noticing this with a very active dreamtime, crystal clear messages, a deeper understanding about situations that previously had you stumped, and perhaps a bit of push/pull in conversations while a renewed sense of appreciation and love emerges with bits of clarity and understanding. 

I know, that may sound like a bit of a dualistic ramble, and I guess in some ways it is. 

We are in the midst of a lot of opposition and it is through that opposition that clarity shows up.

So, however you are experiencing this new moon, I want to invite you to take a deep breath, step out of whatever is feeling a bit chaotic, and create space to discover what's been hidden.

Ceremony is a great ally for this . . . and it's also the theme for this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast.

Ceremony helps us to step into sacred time and sacred space where infinite possibilities are available to us. 

It offers an opportunity to connect with spirit and to receive messages and insights that we miss in our day to day busyness. 

This week's episode is the first of a 2 part series. This week we dive into conversation about the benefits of ceremony and when it is a great time to step into one. 

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

P.S. Have you heard about my new Membership Circle? The Sanctuary doors are now open . . . Learn more here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/thesanctuary

#053 -October ramblings, thoughts, and crystal messages

#053 -October ramblings, thoughts, and crystal messages

October 8, 2020

Oh my, it's a gorgeous fall day today . . . actually this week has been incredible. Sunny, warm, and the midnight skies have been crystal clear. 

Our little Ace has had me getting me up in the middle of the night quite a bit lately and while I really prefer to sleep through the night, it's been a delight to step outside and look up at the stars. And, every once in a while catch the hoot of our neighborhood owl. 

I love little moments like that. Moments when I'm deeply present, fully within the experience, and able to enjoy and receive the beauty surrounding me. 

That's not always easy. Especially during times when things are particularly chaotic or we've got a lot going on. 

Being fully present is the theme that showed up in this month's crystal altar. 

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, we dive into that, getting raw and real as Mica (the stone of the month) shares some insights regarding how to stay fully present in our day to day lives. 

If you recognize yourself as a highly sensitive or empathic person, mica is an incredible ally for you during this time. 

Tune in as mica calls us into deeper presence. Listen in to learn more. 

P.S. the doors are open for the SANCTUARY Membership Circle!

The Sanctuary Membership Circle is a soft place to land, a space where we find sacred connection with self, with spirit, and with all of life. 

Each month you will find fresh and timely new content that will support you in attuning to the monthly pulse. This lovingly curated content will include: guided meditations, ‘in the now’ crystal wisdom and messages, soulful reflection rituals, and other practical sacred practices and fun surprises.

I won't overwhelm you with all of the membership details here, but I would like to invite you to check them out and sign up over here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/thesanctuary/

P.P.S. While you're there, you'll discover a limited time Founding Member Rate . . . this is a lifetime rate available until 10/31. I think that's pretty cool and I would LOVE for you to take advantage.

For more information about Lori or to listen to other episodes visit: https://loriaandrus.com

 

#052 - Soulful Tips for Creating Real + Lasting Change

#052 - Soulful Tips for Creating Real + Lasting Change

September 28, 2020

I hope this message finds you well and that you're enjoying this first week of the new season.

Fall has long been a favorite of mine, it's a time when I like to hide out in the woods and commune with nature. With so many changes unfolding, I find it to be a potent time for reflection. 

This fall, as I'm hanging out in the woods, I'm enjoying someplace new. 

About a month ago, Chris and I purchased land in Michigan's Upper Peninsula . . . a magical spot on a quiet little lake near Lake Superior. It's quite rustic . . . but we do have a camper pad, electric, a dock, a wood shed filled with dry firewood, and a fire pit . . . you know, all of the camping essentials. And surprise, we actually have cell service which means I can set up a hotspot and dig into a bit of online work.

Having land where we can camp is something Chris and I chattered on about for years. We had quite the list of ideas and thoughts and desires. We imagined such a space, we could feel it, and in our imagination it was alive. But when we did the actual groundwork to try and find it, we found ourselves disappointed again and again. 

We were trying too hard to make it happen. 

Raise your hand if you've ever done that! Haha. 

I don't know about you, but sometimes (ok often) I forget that it takes time for my dreams, desires, ideas, and visions to take form or to land in the physical world. An idea pops in and with excitement I want to rush to bring it into form. ​I mean seriously, isn't that what amazon is all about . . . need something today, click a couple buttons and it shows up by tomorrow. Magic, right?! Haha. Ok, maybe not.

I see this happen in so many areas of my own life and I also see it as one of the biggest challenges my clients and students have with both understanding how to embody and breathe life into their vision.

Looking back, our search for land was one of those times when I wanted to go from idea to having it now with a couple clicks. But when we stepped back from trying to make it happen, we allowed ourselves to imagine, to dream, to set intentions, and most importantly to take our dreams to ceremony, everything came together. 

We got out of our heads and into a soulful connection with the change we wanted to create and how together, we wanted to experience life differently. 

So this summer, when a series of synchronicities unfolded and we found this spot, it was an easy and joyful yes!

When we are in alignment, change flows. But when we try to make it happen, we get in our own way and we find ourselves circling around and around again with the same patterns, disappointments, struggles, and stories. 

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I dive into my favorite Soulful Tips for Creating Real + Lasting Change. Tune in here:  

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

P.S. The doors for the SANCTUARY Membership Circle are OPEN!

The Sanctuary Membership Circle is an online sacred space where each month you will find fresh content that will support you in attuning to the monthly pulse . . . think guided meditations, ‘in the now’ crystal wisdom and messages, soulful reflection rituals, and other fun surprises. 

Join us today! https://crystalshamanschool.com/thesanctuary/

P.P.S. For a limited time, enjoy the Founding Member Rate . . . this is a lifetime rate available until 10/31. I think that's pretty cool and I would LOVE for you to take advantage.

#051 - Feeling the Fall Vibes. How to Flow with this Season of Change

#051 - Feeling the Fall Vibes. How to Flow with this Season of Change

September 22, 2020

HAPPY FALL EQUINOX!

Are you feeling the Fall Vibes on this gorgeous Fall Equinox Day.

Over the past week, so many things in my world have wrapped up or come to completion. It's wild how that naturally happens as we attune to the cycles of the earth.

Perhaps you've been noticing this as well. It feels good, doesn't it?!

Well, in the fall season, I love sharing what I've been working on behind the scenes . . . and this fall share has had me bursting at the seams with excitement for weeks (ok, probably more like years)!

Today, on the Fall Equinox,

the doors open for

the SANCTUARY Membership Circle!

The Sanctuary Membership Circle is a soft place to land, a space where we find sacred connection with self, with spirit, and with all of life. 

Each month you will find fresh and timely new content that will support you in attuning to the monthly pulse. This lovingly curated content will include: guided meditations, ‘in the now’ crystal wisdom and messages, soulful reflection rituals, and other practical sacred practices and fun surprises.

I won't overwhelm you with all of the membership details here, but I would like to invite you to check them out and sign up over here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/thesanctuary/

While you're there, you'll discover a limited time Founding Member Rate . . . this is a lifetime rate available until 10/31. I think that's pretty cool and I would LOVE for you to take advantage.

Okay . . . circling back to the FALL VIBES . . . I prepared this episode to support you in Flowing with this Season of Change. Listen in!

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

 

#050 - 3 Myths about Creating Real + Lasting Change

#050 - 3 Myths about Creating Real + Lasting Change

September 13, 2020

It has been a very busy couple of weeks here as I've been digging into a couple of exciting projects. I've been filming, recording, designing, and getting so creative. As we near the fall equinox, I find myself attuning to the energy of the season change and a time of year when my creative self loves to create!

One of the projects I've been working on is creating a monthly membership circle. I'm so excited about this one. It has been nurtured in my heart and in my thoughts for years, and now it is time for it to be created. I so want to share details with you, but know that they are coming soon . . . very soon!

As I've been sinking into this project with my team, it's been so much fun to bring what was once just an idea into form. 

In the process, I've been noticing that as I'm creating graphics and meditations and videos and so much more, I'm taking a little journey of reflection as well . . . I'm reflecting upon the deep inner journey that I've also taken along the way. 

 

So often, when we think about creating something or making changes in our lives, we think about the action steps we will need to take. Those action steps are incredibly important, but taking the inner journey is just as important. 

The inner journey is essential to creating the growth required for us to bring our visions, ideas, and dreams into form. 

In last week's podcast episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I shared the crystals and stones of the month along with the ways they are showing up to support us on a collective level. Citrine was central in that altar, and its message was crystal clear: 'It is time to create real and lasting change.'

That message stood out to me with so much energy that I spent a good bit of time exploring what it means to create real and lasting change. As I sank in, a series of myths showed up . . . beliefs that I all too often hear come up for individuals on their healing journey, beliefs that misguide their steps and unconsciously keep them spiraling through the same cycle over and over and over again. 

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I dive into these myths, bringing a bit of awareness around the places where we unconsciously keep ourselves in the same loop and never really move forward in the ways we deeply desire.

Tune in to discover how these myths maybe living in your life.

Wishing you a joy-filled week.

with love and crystals, Lori

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