Crystal Shaman Life
#031 - What does it mean when I lose a stone?

#031 - What does it mean when I lose a stone?

August 19, 2019

Have you ever lost a crystal favorite and wondered why it left, what the meaning of it leaving was, or if there is some message it was trying to share in its departure?

Well, you're not alone. I think the most common question I receive is about just that: broken and lost crystals. 

I recently received a message from one of our listeners, Sarah, about this. And I decided to bring it into an episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast. Join me as I sink into this question and explore what the crystals maybe illuminating for us when they depart or break. Listen in.

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#030 - 5 Wisdom Reflections + Insights from our Lake Superior Adventure

#030 - 5 Wisdom Reflections + Insights from our Lake Superior Adventure

August 12, 2019

Ahh . . . summer is winding down. 

At least it's beginning to feel like that here. 

I'm enjoying a very quiet house today while Chris is immersed in a week full of trainings and meetings, kicking off the school year. 

I love this little late summer transition as we step back into a very welcome and 'normal'ish' rhythm. 

Today, within this rhythm, I'm finding myself in a place of reflection. I'm thinking about all of the magic and the potent insights we experienced while on our Lake Superior adventure. 

Lake Superior opened up something truly amazing for me. I felt my heart expanded in ways I never imagined. And at the same time, every part of me slowed down. I felt in harmony with nature in new and unexpected ways and as even a I write this I feel myself lighting up with excitement about my next visit to that Great Lake. 

Soon . . . very soon . . . 

But for today, I get to linger in the sweetness of my memories and connect with an abundance of amazing rocks that made their way home with us. (More about those coming soon!) 

In this week's Crystal Shaman Life podcast, I share some of the insights that we received on our journey around the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Listen to this week's episode here:

Wishing you a beautiful week!

#029 - July Crystal Altar + Messages of the Month

#029 - July Crystal Altar + Messages of the Month

July 22, 2019

Over the weekend we had some pretty intense storms roll through the area . . . the kind that had us hanging out in the basement as rain pounded, winds howled, tornado sirens echoed, and our phones chimed with weather notices.

Yep, these storms were intense.

It's been a long time since I've experienced storms such as this.

They moved through leaving a trail of debris, damage, and power outages.

Yesterday, as I walked through my neighborhood, my heart sank as I realized just how destructive this storm was, but I also saw something really special.

I saw people coming together, working together toward a common goal (clean up). Everything was a bustle. A typically quiet Sunday morning was filled with lively activity. Neighbors leaning in and helping each other. Family members showing up for clean up. Spontaneous conversations. And so much more.

Of course this energy of coming together towards a common goal is one that we are all familiar with. It happens a lot throughout life for many different reasons.

But what I noticed yesterday, was people coming together to not only clean up, but to connect, to laugh, to cry, and to support each other.

All too often we feel alone in our emotions, alone in our situation, and alone in our challenges.
All too often, we assume others may not understand or fear that they may judge us or leave us even more alone.
And, all too often we hide what we are feeling and we feel like we need to take care of it or fix our problems ourselves.

But the reality is, the need to fix things ourselves is an old collective story, one that really is not serving our culture anymore.

Perhaps you can recognize ways this old story is playing out in your life, for your family, or within your community. And perhaps you're recognizing that now is a time for us to come together, heart to heart. To be present. To listen. To hold space. To heal. To grow. To rise. Together.

As I was present with the events of this weekend and how this old story is living in my own life, I couldn't help but notice how this was also the theme for the July crystal altar of the month. This beautiful combination of Kambaba Jasper, Moonstone, and Pyrite invites us to explore how we can soften, how we can welcome the support in moving towards our goals, dreams, and highest vision.

In this week's Crystal Shaman Life podcast, I share the crystal messages from this altar. What the crystals had to say surprised me and touched me on a deep level. Listen in.
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#028 - Soulful Traveler Series Part 3 - Enjoying your adventure + what to do when you get there

#028 - Soulful Traveler Series Part 3 - Enjoying your adventure + what to do when you get there

July 10, 2019

Welcome to Part 3 of the Soulful Travel Series. 

Throughout my life, I've been called to sacred sites both near and far as places to deepen relationship with Mother Earth and to heal and grow in surprising and unexpected ways.

Sacred sites are all around us. All of Earth is sacred. Yet so often, in the busyness of our day to day life we feel like the most potent places are elsewhere.

This series is all about the how to find these sacred places and how to plan your next visit. 

Tune in for Part 3 as we explore some tips and tricks for enjoying the adventure and what to do when you arrive on location for your next soulful travel!

 
 
#027 - Soulful Traveler Series Part 2: Prepartion

#027 - Soulful Traveler Series Part 2: Prepartion

July 3, 2019

Welcome to Part 21 of the Soulful Travel Series. 

Throughout my life, I've been called to sacred sites both near and far as places to deepen relationship with Mother Earth and to heal and grow in surprising and unexpected ways.

Sacred sites are all around us. All of Earth is sacred. Yet so often, in the busyness of our day to day life we feel like the most potent places are elsewhere.

This series is all about the how to find these sacred places and how to plan your next visit. 

Tune in for Part 2 as we will dive into some of the logistics and the spiritual ins and outs for planning your next soulful travel!

 
 
#026 - Soulful Travel Series Part 1 - Picking a Location

#026 - Soulful Travel Series Part 1 - Picking a Location

June 26, 2019

Welcome to Part 1 of the Soulful Travel Series. 

Throughout my life, I've been called to sacred sites both near and far as places to deepen relationship with Mother Earth and to heal and grow in surprising and unexpected ways.

Sacred sites are all around us. All of Earth is sacred. Yet so often, in the busyness of our day to day life we feel like the most potent places are elsewhere.

This series is all about the how to find these sacred places and how to plan your next visit. 

Tune in for Part 1 as we explore some tips and tricks for finding and picking a location for your next soulful travel!

#025 - Summer Solstice Crystal Grid + Messages

#025 - Summer Solstice Crystal Grid + Messages

June 20, 2019

Happy Summer Solstice, Sacred Friends!

In this week's episode I'm diving into some of my favorite crystals for the summer season . . . crystals that support us in cultivating a an empowered relationship with the energy of our emotions and with power so that we may deepen into a sense of freedom.

As we dive into this episode, you can expect to not only discover great crystal allies for this season, but also their seasonal messages and wisdom.

 

#024 - Let’s talk crystals - The May Crystal Altar of the Month

#024 - Let’s talk crystals - The May Crystal Altar of the Month

May 7, 2019

Last week as we stepped into this new month we also stepped into the second half of the Spring season (and the 2nd half of the fall season for those of you in the Southern hemisphere).

Did you notice that subtle energy shift last week? Vibrant, creative energy is flowing in and inviting us to spring to life in new and unexpected ways.

So, with this change of month, I made some changes to my altar, updating the crystals to reflect the May Crystals of the Month.

Back in January, I did a 12 month crystal forecast, highlighting one crystal for each month as well as one crystal for the year. Each month, I shift my altar to reflect the new monthly stones. Not only has this been so much fun, but it has also been a great way to sink deeper into the collective energy and message each month.

This months altar features Rainbow Moonstone + Brecciated Jasper. It is stunning and it's got a rich message to share as we unleash our creative spirits. Tune in to this week's episode and discover what it wants to share. 

Wishing you a beautiful week!
Shine brightly, 
Lori

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#023 - Let’s talk Ceremony + Ritual

#023 - Let’s talk Ceremony + Ritual

April 30, 2019

Over the past couple of week's I've been sharing a series of podcast episodes about the Four Facets of Crystal Shamanism: crystal connection, earth relationship, shamanic journeying, and this week, ceremony and ritual. 

Yes, I've been saving my favorite for last . . .  Ceremony + Ritual. 

Since embarking on the shamanic path in 2007, ceremony and ritual have been a central part of my life and my work. I feel like they are a powerful way to reconnect with self, with the sacred, and with the magic of life. 

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life podcast, I share the many great benefits of bringing ceremony and ritual into your daily life as well as some of the elements that make ceremony and ritual unique practices. 

Yes, ceremony and ritual are two very different practices. Have you ever noticed how so often those words are used interchangeably? It's a lot! And perhaps you have even wondered what the difference is or if there really is one or what is the most accurate word to use to describe some of your favorite sacred practices. 

Well, this week's episode will shed a bit of light on their differences as well. 

Wishing you a beautiful week!

Shine Brightly,

Lori

#022 - Discovering new realms with shamanic journeying

#022 - Discovering new realms with shamanic journeying

April 23, 2019

Happy Earth Day (yesterday) . . . Week . . . Month . . . Year!
Ok, how about every day is Earth Day!
But let me say, mama Earth was feeling the love yesterday and she's super grateful <3 

I hope you found a moment to sneak out and spend a little time connecting with her.

I took a long walk through the neighborhood and visited one of my favorite parks. When I got there, I noticed that a couple old growth trees were recently removed. I think they were unhealthy trees, so removing them was likely about maintaining the wellbeing of the area . . . but I still felt a bit of sadness and decided to spend some time honoring them.

I know that I mostly chat crystals and shamanism here and while I may not speak to trees directly, they are a central part of my work and nature love. ;-)

Trees for me feel like gateways between realities or dimensions. And, they are a great portal for shamanic journeying. If you've ever done a shamanic journey with me, you've likely traveled down some roots into the belly of mother earth. (one of my favorite pathways)

Shamanic journeying is the topic for this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life podcast . . . it is the third of the 4 facets of Crystal Shamanism.

It is a central practice for many shaman and it is one that offers a rich experience for those who are shaman curious ;-)

It's a practice that opens doorways to not only other dimensions but also to our own inner worlds. It can support us in knowing ourselves more intimately and cultivating a deep level of trust in our own inner voice of guidance.

Tune into this week's episode to learn more.

Wishing you a beautiful week!

Shine Brightly,

Lori

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