#016 - Crystal Divination - What stones are guiding you in 2019?

January 14, 2019

How's 2019 kicking off for you?

It's been a slow start here . . . the kind where I just want to linger within stillness and reflection, not making any quick decisions or taking fast action.  

I really do enjoy lingering within my inner worlds. And, winter truly is a great time for that. It's also a great time to focus our reflective energy through divination. 

At the beginning of each year I love exploring the wisdom and insights my crystal and stone allies want to share. I do this by doing my own personal wheel of the year crystal reading. 

In this week's episode of Crystal Shaman Life podcast I share a step by step how you can do your own Wheel of the Year Crystal Reading.

Download the 2019 Wheel of the Year Guide here: https://loriaandrus.com/crystal-divination

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#015 - Bringing a close to 2018 with reflection + ritual

December 30, 2018

Well . . . tomorrow is the last day of 2018. 

I can hardly believe we are at the years end. 

Since the solstice, I've been spending quite a bit of time in reflection . . . exploring the highs and lows of the year: dreams that were brought to completion, those that never really took form, and those who've come into thriving fullness. 

Do you take time for this too?

I find this to be a powerful way to fully receive the gifts of the year and create space for the next year. 

This years reflection revealed some pretty cool insights.

Like all good year end reflections, this one begins last year, at this time . . . hehe. 

I remember meeting the new year with a sense of excitement. I had a list of personal and business goals neatly laid out, and I had carefully chosen a personal theme for the year: focus, fun, and freedom.

Those three words opened up quite the journey​.

 

I had a lot of ideas about what freedom would mean for me . . . I imagined lots of travel, open air, and open roads. Of course those bits were definitely a part of my year, but I found myself quite surprised when spirit invited me to look at this word differently, to recognize that true freedom is something to be found within as I give myself permission to expand further into wholeness. Yep, that one felt so obvious and at the same time I was missing it. 

2018 revealed how to experience freedom deep within. This awareness ultimately led me to close Journey Jewels, my jewelry line of eight years, and make a pivot in my work by opening the virtual doors to Crystal Shaman School.

Phew . . . that was big, unexpected, and wild ride. 

I came face to face with some tightly held beliefs and a lot of emotion.

And I found myself leaning even further into sacred practices such as ceremony and shamanic journeying for clarity and support. It is through shamanic practice that I unraveled the ways I had bound myself to a particular way of being and created a true sense of freedom.

As I look back at this year I feel deep gratitude for the many unexpected ways those three words rippled through my life . . . and I am truly curious as to what will unfold in 2019.

In this final 2018 episode of Crystal Shaman Life podcast, I dive into the topic of how to bring the year to a sacred close and begin to create space for the magic of 2019.

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#014 - Let’s talk about dreams (and the energy of 2019)

December 16, 2018

I awoke very early this morning. Lit candles. Burned some sage. And relistened to this week's episode of Crystal Shaman Life podcast. 

This week I had an opportunity to interview my dear friend and colleague, Monica Kenton. We talked about dreams and the energy of the coming year. 

As I listened in the candlelight this phrase jumped out to me . . .

"You're expanding your ability to see miracles." 
- Monica Kenton

Whoa . . . I felt myself pause, allowing that phrase to sink in. Monica was speaking of our dreams . . . and how as we attune to the we expand our ability to recognize the day to day miracles within our life. 

So I'm curious, do you remember your dreams?

Do you pay attention to how they maybe informing and guiding your life?

This episode is great for both very engaged dreamers as well as those who are dream curious. 

So join us in this week's episode as we talk dreams . . . and the energy of the year for 2019. 

Learn more about Monica here: http://MonicaKenton.com

Join Monica's 5 day Dream Experience: http://monicakenton.com/sacreddreaming

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#013 - 3 Practices for Cultivating Trust in Your Intuition

December 9, 2018

I am finding it hard to believe that we are fully into the month of December.

In my world, this is not only a month full of holiday happenings, it is birthday month. Yep, birthday month. My mom, my sister, and I all have December birthdays . . . and even more, my calendar is filled (almost daily) with the birthdays of my dearest friends and loved ones.  

How does that happen, right? Birds of a feather? Hehe, maybe ;-)  

So, for as long as I can remember, the December festivities were a silver lining around the season of darkness that followed, winter. That is until I discovered that there is quite a bit of magic within this dark, cold season . . . And, this magic can be received as we allow ourselves to say yes to winters invitation to embark on a journey inward.

Winter is the season when our intuitive self desires to step forward so that we can deepen our relationship with self and with spirit. This deepening calls us to a whole new level of trust through which we begin to recognize the magic that infuses every facet of our lives. 

Trusting our intuition is a skill we can cultivate . . . and it's the topic of this week's episode of Crystal Shaman Life podcast. 

Join me as I share some of my favorite practices for cultivating our trust . . . and a couple really great stories along the way. 

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#012 - Let’s talk tarot - an interview with Vanessa Sage

December 2, 2018

It's been a bit since my last episode . . . I think it's been over a month.

As I'm putting everything together this morning, I'm enjoying a beautiful snowfall out the window. There is just something magical about this white blanket upon the earth. As I watch it fall I want to just cozy up with a cup of tea, a blanket, and a good movie . . . or better yet, to take a bit of time to reconnect here!

This has been a wonderfully busy time for me, but I've missed you.

What's been happening in your world?

Over here, Crystal Shaman School is in full swing. It opened with a ceremony in early November and since then I've been joyfully immersed in the magic that program . . . from connecting with the beautiful souls who've embarked on this journey to creating content, answering questions, and simply holding space for magic to unfold.

Each day I find myself in complete delight of the divine perfection unfolding within it.

And, now that it is finding its unique rhythm and I'm finding my creative flow within it, I will be returning to more regular podcast episodes, as well as messages here. Yay! I'm so excited about this. And hoping you are too ;-)

This week I am kicking it off with an interview with my dear friend and colleague, Vanessa Sage as we talk tarot.

I just love divination. And this time of the year, as we move into a more reflective season, I find myself bringing more connecting with the cards to discover what they have to say about the year to come.

Vanessa has been working with the tarot since she was a child and I greatly admire the level of presence and understanding she brings to this sacred art.

Tune in as she shares a glimpse into the tarot and the ways she brings this into her life.

Learn more about Vanessa here: www.vanessasage.com

Learn more about Sage Intuitive Tarot School here: https://www.vanessasage.com/sage-intuitive-tarot-school/

 

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#011 - Samhain Blessings . . . tis the season to celebrate your ancestral roots

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Happy Samhain! 

And, Happy any other mid-season celebration you honor. 

It has been quite magical here this week. 

We are nearing the start date of Crystal Shaman School (Eeeee . . . it's Friday!!! Yay!) and I'm excitedly pulling together final details before we step into the opening ceremony. 

In the midst of all of the busyness, I am finding myself in complete awe of how divinely perfect the details are coming together . . . even down to the little bits of healing, growth, and breakthroughs that unfold each day. 

This midpoint of the fall season is filled with magic . . . it is truly an auspicious time of year. 

It is a time when we may experience more clarity during dreamtime, heighten senses and intuition, and profound insights regarding our life path and the challenging patterns that are holding us back.

It is also a powerful time to honor and celebrate our ancestral roots. 

While creating this week's episode of Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I found myself reflecting on my own ancestral roots, in particular my Bohemian lineage. 

This past spring, one of my aunts shared something very sacred with me that reconnected me with a thread of mysticism that had been lost in their immigration. And in a beautiful way it shed a new light of understanding upon the spiritual path that I have chose walk in my life.

So in the spirit of Halloween, I chose to dress up, Bohemian gypsy fortune teller style, as I created this week's episode.

Wishing you a joy-filled halloween and spirited Samhain!

Shine Brightly,

Lori

 

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#010 - The magic, power, and gifts of ceremony

October 19, 2018

This week I've been immersed in ceremony. 

Crystal Wisdom Week began on Monday in the Crystal Immersion FB group. (Did you miss this free online event? Would you still like to join us? Head on over here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crystalshaman/ Click join group. Answer a couple questions and then we are happy to welcome you!​)

Oh my, it has been amazing. 

Each day we went deeper into ceremony.

Refreshing. Deeply connected. Inspiring. 

It opened a doorway into the crystalline realms and created space for deep connection, crystal clarity, and powerful insights. 

Ceremony is magical like that. 

I will never forget the first time I stepped into a fire ceremony. I felt a sense of timelessness and a connection with spirit that was simultaneously new and so familiar.

That ceremony activated an entirely new way of being for me, one in which ceremony became a central part of my life. 

Ceremony is a potent space for gaining clarity around what is most important to our soul and our soul's journey. It supports us in stepping out of the logic and reason that we so artfully use to defend our outdated stories and limiting beliefs. And it invites in the support of spirit so that we can begin to clearly recognize our most powerful steps in creating our reality.

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#009 - Mother Earth Speaks . . . and what she shares surprised me

October 12, 2018

Happy Friday!

I hope you've had a joy-filled week.

As this week comes to a close I'm finding myself super excited about next week. I'll get to that in a minute.

First I want to share with you what is new on the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast. In this week's episode I share an experience I had earlier this year while vacationing on Grand Isle in Louisiana. Mother Earth had some words of wisdom to share . . . and what she shared surprised me. Tune in for this week's episode and discover what she had to say.

Ok, back to what's got me so excited about next week . . .

It's Crystal Wisdom Week!

Yep. It's going to be a week of crystal play, ritual, and other sacred practices that will support you in deepening your relationship with the crystals and stones.

I would LOVE for you to join me.

This entire event will unfold within the Crystal Immersion FB Group.

All you need to do is head on over here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crystalshaman/
Click join group. Answer a couple questions and then we are happy to welcome you!

Already a member, great! Stay tuned bright and early Monday morning as I open up Crystal Wisdom Week with a little ritual.

Wishing you a joy-filled weekend!
Shine Brightly,
Lori

P.S. The Crystal Shaman School begins in less than one month! I would LOVE for you to join me. Learn more and download the enrollment guidebook here: https://loriaandrus.com/css-guidebook

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#008 - Connecting with Mother Earth. Petoskey Stone. And a Road Trip.

October 5, 2018

How are you doing on this chilly fall day? 
I'm feeling all cozied up in my office. Candles burning. Incense filling the air. And an altar full of new crystals.

Earlier this week I returned from a little road trip to Syracuse, NY where I was teaching Crystal Shaman Reiki classes . . . oh my goodness, so much fun! We had a blast.

A whole weekend of being immersed in crystals, sacred work, and awakening gifts. Magical.

I also worked in a little time for self-care, camping on the eastern shores of Lake Michigan at some new to me spots. 

I'm finding it interesting how the more and more wholly I step into my sacred work, the more I feel called to a new level of self care . . . and how that self care looks differently than it did in the past. 

Have you recognized this within yourself?

It seems to be a theme showing up in conversations with both clients and colleagues. And, to be even more specific, it feels like this new level of self care involves slowing down and creating a whole new level of relationship Mother Earth.

My little road trip offered a lot of solitude and time to be with my thoughts. So many insights came through and I'm excited to share them with you in this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast.

Tune in as I share these insights about how we can create relationship with Mother Earth. You will find some stories from the road, a little wisdom from the Petoskey stone (I finally made it to that gorgeous Michigan state park . . . check out the piece in the picture above, doesn't it look like a turtle shell?), and even a bit of drumming. 

Listen in here: 

 
Wishing you a joy-filled weekend!
Shine Brightly,

Lori

P.S. The Crystal Shaman School begins in less than one month! I would LOVE for you to join me. Learn more and download the enrollment guidebook here: https://loriaandrus.com/css-guidebook

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#007 - 15 Signs you may have a shamanic calling

September 21, 2018

HAPPY FALL! (Tomorrow) 

I hope you're finding some ease and joy as you step into this season that invites us to both harvest and let go. 

It's a season of change. Often it inspires a desire to make a pivot in our life . . . a pivot that unfolds as we spend time in reflection and exploration of our spiritual nature. 

This is a time when we begin to search for deeper meaning in our life experiences and often begin to wonder where those experiences are leading us to.

Have you been feeling that?

It's something that seems to show up for me, every year, about one to two weeks before the fall equinox. My soul begins to ask big questions and I begin to look for ways to connect the dots. 

It is through the connecting of the dots that I began recognizing my spiritual calling and to find the ability to say yes to it. 

This week, on Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I'm diving into the topic of a shamanic calling and how to recognize it within yourself (or maybe even loved ones who are answering their calling). 

Over the years I've come to recognize some key similarities and characteristics in individuals who have chosen to walk this sacred path. 

Perhaps you've even had some experiences in life that left you wondering or maybe just hearing the word shaman lights you up with deep soul resonance and curiosity. 

If you've been curious about what what it means to be called to shamanic path or if some of your life experiences are calling you toward shamanism, I invite you to listen in as I share 15 common signs that you may have a shamanic calling. Listen Now.

P.S. Are you feeling called to explore the shamanic path? I would like to invite you to learn more about the upcoming Crystal Shaman School by downloading the 2018 Enrollment Guidebook. Find that here: loriaandrus.com/css-guidebook 

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