#019 - 6 simple (and fun) crystal practices you can do today

February 6, 2019

I'm curious, did you happen to catch last week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life podcast? . . . the 2019 crystal forecast. Find the replay + video here: https://loriaandrus.com/2019-crystal-forecast/

There's something really potent about doing such a reading. The crystals that show up, are both offering insights and also extending their support for the coming year. This is super cool! And it is why I do this reading (for both the collective and for myself) each year. 

But readings don't carry a whole lot of weight unless we find ways to take action upon their insights. You may have even been feeling like 'hey Lori, this is reading is great, but now what do I do with it'.

That's often what happens with readings and when working with crystals. They are sparkly. The messages touch us deeply. And yet, we are left with that question . . . what do I do with this?

And, guess what . . . the answer to this question is the MOST important step of any reading. 

So in this week's episode of Crystal Shaman Life podcast, I'm sharing 6 of my go-to crystal practices for integrating a crystal reading into my everyday life. 

These practices are simple, fun, and something you can do today!

Listen in!

#018 - 2019 Crystal Forecast

January 29, 2019

I'm a bit slow on getting this message out, but here it is, just in time for February; the 2019 Crystal Forecast.

Each year I love to do both a personal crystal reading as well as a collective crystal forecast. It's always interesting to see which crystals want to show up as allies for the year.

So last Friday I popped on for a FB Live and drew the crystals for 2019. I've turned that video into a podcast episode that I would love to share with you here.

This years reading did not disappoint . . . oh my goodness, it's going to be a heart centered, love-filled, creative year! And 13 amazing crystals and stones are showing up to support us. Listen in and discover what the crystals had to share.

Want to check out the video? Watch here: https://loriaandrus.com/2019-crystal-forecast/

#017 - Reflections + thoughts about Doreen Virtue’s recent post about new age practices

January 25, 2019

I was awakened a little after 5 this morning as a text popped in from a dear friend sharing this link. I was stunned last year when Doreen renounced her 'New Age Practices', left her career as a writer of oracle cards, training angel readers and mediums to become born again.

But this post, ugh . . . I am so greatly disappointed.

I get that she may feel called to a different path. I get that she may feel a connection with Jesus that she didn't feel before. Actually, I celebrate that. I celebrate ALL who find a spiritual relationship that is meaningful and fulfilling.

But, I also suspect that something very painful unfolded in her life, something that she has been unable to cope with at such a level that she is not only clinging to something that she feels will save her, but that she needs to also project her pain upon what she is defining as the new age world.

I do not see the 'new age' world as she describes. Nor do I see any of the sacred practices from shamanism to oracle cards, divination, sacred geometry, spirit guides, drumming, angels and all other sacred practices through the lens described here.

These statements are dark and shadowy generalizations that not only vilify a community that supported her 50+ books and decks of oracle cards, but are filled with untruths written in such a way that they trigger fear, anger, projection, rejection, and judgement.

We live within a truly unique and delicate time. 
This is a time for unification. It is a time to seek commonality. It is a time to open our hearts to each other. It is a time to discover and uncover truth. This article is not truth. This article is incredibly misleading. And Doreen's willingness to speak with authority in this way deeply saddens me.

I believe in fairies. I believe in angels. I believe that the sound of my drum connects me with a Universal rhythm. I believe my drum connects me with the Divine, one true Source that is beyond any name or single identity. A Source that is so vast our full perception of it is inconceivable and it is only through our willingness to recognize the many expressions of Divinity present in all of life that we can even begin to fathom God's greatness . . . a greatness so immense I will not dismiss the possibility that there is intelligent life beyond humanity. I will not dismiss the ways the Divine expresses himself/herself through the trees, the crystals, the animals, the seasons, the weather, the angels, the fairies, the unicorns, the ascended masters (including Jesus), the oracle cards, the tarot, the bells, sacred geometry, sacred art, and so much more.

And, through all of this, I thank you, Doreen. Your post is creating an opportunity for me to be even more resolute and steadfast in my love for the infinite expressions of the Divine and the infinite possibilities in connecting and deepening my unique relationship with the Divine.

It is my hope that you too will see through these statements and create space and opportunity to deepen into your unique relationship with the Divine 

Here is a link to my fb post: https://www.facebook.com/LoriAAndrus/

#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

#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.

#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

#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. 

#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/

 

#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.