Crystal Shaman Life
#045 - Crystals for changing times - Iolite

#045 - Crystals for changing times - Iolite

May 19, 2020

Over the past week I sank into a series of amazing, clarifying conversations.

You know, the kind where you connect heart to heart and deeper insight floods forward almost as though it was waiting for this sacred moment to emerge. Those beautiful, rich moments when expressions of love and gratitude are exchanged from one heart to the other and then back again in an infinite flow.

After one such conversation, my friend followed up with a text saying 'can we just bottle this and take as needed'.

Ahh . . . yes. And. Let's have more of these. Let's have more of these connections with the people who are so sacred in our lives. Let's open our hearts to raw and real conversations. Let's stand in our truth and with love witness the truth of another.

Yes. This is the world I want to live in. Yes, more of this please.

On the shamanic path we often speak about our ability to create our world; to dream our world into being. Many times, on my path, that phrase felt overwhelming. It felt too big. And many times I didn't even know where to begin.

But within these sacred conversations, I experienced a glimpse of clarity. Deep and nourishing relationships are important to me. They are important in the world I want to dream into being.

During this very changing time, many of us are being met with an opportunity to vision our world a bit differently.

As I began preparing for day 1 of my calling in clarity ceremony journey, I found myself connecting with Iolite. I have to say I got a bit of a giggle when I remembered this this lovely is the collective crystal ally for 2020. Yep, a crystal that supports us in seeing clearly amidst darkness is the ally for this year. How perfect is that?!!!

So, in today's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast we sink into a bit of conversation about clarity and Iolite.

Sending you lots of love, Lori

P.S. I would like to invite you to join me for my upcoming event . . . Calling in Clarity: 5-days of Creative Ceremony. This journey begins next Wednesday, May 20th. Sign up here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/calling-in-clarity/

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

#044 - Crystals for Changing Times - Smoky Quartz

#044 - Crystals for Changing Times - Smoky Quartz

May 13, 2020

Over the weekend we had some pretty chilly weather . . . the kind that had me reconsidering if it is truly time to pack away my winter jacket or if I should keep it out just a bit longer. 

Ahh . . . Spring . . . it's such a beautiful and wildly unpredictable time, one rich with insight.

As Chris and I have both been working from home these past couple months, we've been spending extra time in our flower gardens.

Spring is a time when Chris is typically coaching and putting in extra hours at work. It's typically a time when snagging a couple hours in the garden to clear off the leaves, brush, and other dead stuff from the fall feels like a gift. But this year, as we are able to spend more time than usual, our spring garden is looking better than ever.

And all of this spring garden time has offered me some extra insight into the magic of the spring season . . .

In the past, I've associated spring with being a time to spring into action, a time when the dreams and ideas we were nurturing through the winter are ready to spring to life and come into bloom.

But what I actually missed about the spring season, is that in order for the plants to thrive, we need to give them space and in spring, that requires a bit (or sometimes a lot) of clean up.

Spring cleaning is important in so many areas of life . . . our homes, our closets, the kitchen, and in more subtle places such as our inner worlds. 

Spring is a great time to clear out the debris that is cluttering our inner worlds as well, to lovingly look within and attune to the dreams that are ready to bloom in our lives . . . to give our inner worlds a little spring refresh. 

During this spring refresh, it can be very helpful to lean into ceremony, sacred practice, and the support of others. 

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast, I share how smoky quartz is a great ally during times of change as it inspires us to create space for our own blooming.

Listen in to discover what Smoky Quartz is sharing.

Wishing you a joyful week!

much love, Lori

P.S. I would also like to invite you to join me for my upcoming event . . . Calling in Clarity: 5-days of Creative Ceremony. This journey begins next Wednesday, May 20th. Sign up here: https://crystalshamanschool.com/calling-in-clarity/

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

#043 - Crystals in the Moonlight

#043 - Crystals in the Moonlight

May 5, 2020

Tomorrow is full moon. It's a supermoon. And, with the warmer, spring weather, I've been feeling called to gather up some of my favorite crystals and place them outside, in the moonlight. 

Earlier this year I made a post about this in the Crystal Shaman Life FB Group. It opened up a fun thread of conversation, and this week, that post resurfaced. 

It was really fun to hear your preferences and why's when it comes to putting your crystals and stones in the moonlight. 

This is something I personally love to do, but it isn't right for everyone. As with all sacred practices, it comes down to intention and relationship. So, in the light of the nearing full moon, I decided to dive a little deeper into this conversation with a new podcast episode. 

In this episode, I share stories, experiences, and my thoughts on the topic of putting our crystals and stones in the moonlight to clear, charge, or energize them. Listen in here: 

Wishing you a joyful week!

much love, Lori

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

#042 - Crystals + Stones for Changing Times: Petoskey Stone

#042 - Crystals + Stones for Changing Times: Petoskey Stone

March 31, 2020

I hope this message finds you well and that you are beginning to find a new rhythm amidst these changing times. 

Chris and I are slowly sinking into what it looks like for both of us to work from home. For many years, this is something we've talked about and tried to imagine how or if this could work. And, we always decided it just wouldn't. But now, it is working. And within it, we are finding great joy.

Over the past week, a growing group has been gathering within the Crystal Shaman Life FB Group to 'Sink into Stillness'. (Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crystalshaman/​)

There's something really beautiful about just coming together, even within a virtual context, to connect with self, with spirit, and with the crystals. It has been a refreshing way to begin each day; an opportunity to slow down and to listen within. 

With each gathering, an invitation is extended to bring along a crystal or stone and to welcome any insight or messages it may want to share. 

Personally, I've found myself working with a different crystal or stone each day, and I've found myself deeply inspired by their messages. 

Today I am kicking off a new podcast series: Crystals and Stones for Changing Times. 

In this week's episode I share the wisdom messages of Petoskey Stone. 

Listen to this week's episode to learn more. 

Wishing you a joyful week!

much love, Lori

#041 - Sink into Stillness

#041 - Sink into Stillness

March 24, 2020

How are you? 

Really . . . deep within, how are you?

A lot has unfolded (and continues to unfold) in the world over the past couple of weeks.

What many of us previously regarded as our normal day to day life is shifting in unexpected ways from one moment to the next.

Being the hermit that I am, I typically love an excuse to sink in at home: to dig into creative projects, watch reruns, listen to music, clear out closets, play with my crystals, and just sink into silence. Being quiet at home is familiar territory for me. It is a place I love to be, but right now, in the midst of so many unknowns and changes, my typically quiet home space feels a bit unsettled.

Like so many others (and quite possibly you) Chris and I are navigating new routines and what it means to both work from home. With each step, we find ourselves taking swift action and then in the space of waiting for a next bit of information to emerge. 

Waiting in the unknown is uncomfortable. 

Yet in the wait is an opportunity to be deeply present; an opportunity to Sink into Stillness. 

It is a rich time for discovering and creating a new normal.

As we navigate this very changing time, I feel like this is one of our greatest allies, sinking into stillness and becoming even more present within each moment. 

This week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast explores how we can become more deeply present during this time. 

Listen here: https://loriaandrus.com/sinking-into-stillness/

Sending you lots of love, Lori

P.S. Join me for a daily Sinking into Stillness FB LIVE. We will gather daily in the Crystal Shaman Life FB at 9am ct for connection, community, and stillness. Join us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crystalshaman/

#040 - Lean in. Listen. Love.

#040 - Lean in. Listen. Love.

March 13, 2020

Some thoughts and messages that came forward today, Friday, March 13th. A message of love from me to you during this time.
much love, Lori

#039 - March Crystal Altar of the Month

#039 - March Crystal Altar of the Month

March 11, 2020

The spring spirit was activated in our home over the weekend. Chris and I got our little camper out of storage and started prepping it for an upcoming adventure. We're not heading out very far, or for very long, but there's something really refreshing about a couple days away, spending time in nature, hiking, and sitting (bundled up) beside the campfire.

When we create opportunities to do the unexpected or break free of our own perceived limitations and expectations we come to know ourselves in new ways. We grow. We expand. We become confident, assured, and trusting of ourselves and others. Yes, by doing the unexpected, we rise into our wholeness.

So much of what makes each of us amazing is all too often hidden away in the routines of our day to day lives.

Doing the unexpected does not mean we need to do something huge or risky, but it does require us to push our edges just a little bit . . . to say more at times and less at others, to sit on the floor and gently stretch during a hulu binge, to leave an afternoon or evening or even a weekend open in our calendar, to try a new genre of music, to go camping for a night or two in the middle of the winter. 

We all have a comfort zone, and we all have edges we would like to press. 

What edges can you press in your world?

This was the central theme that emerged today, as I sat down with the crystal altar of the month. Iolite (the crystal of the year) and Chain Coral (the crystal of the month) extended an invitation to break the bonds of our expectations and to create space to be pleasantly surprised by ourselves, by others, and by life.

Tune into this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast and discover what this altar wants to share with us in the month of March.

much love,
Lori

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

#038 - Self-care isn’t always Sexy.

#038 - Self-care isn’t always Sexy.

March 4, 2020

Ooh . . . the topic of self-care has been hot in my world lately. 

At the beginning of February, we began working with element of water in the Crystal Shaman Initiation program. This element can be challenging as we sink deep into emotions, creativity, and personal power. It is a time when we really go deep within. 

It is also a time when excessive self-care is very important. 

Self-care is self-love. 

Sometimes it is a decadent salt bath, a walk in the woods, meeting up with friends for conversation and glass of wine. Sometimes it's a a massage, time at the spa, or a lavish vacation. 

And, sometimes self-care isn't pretty. 

The spiritual path isn't always pretty. 

Life isn't always pretty. 

Healing isn't always pretty. 

Self-care isn't always sexy. 

But it is doing the things that we need to do in order to create space within our mind, our body, and our spirit. 

It can be a hulu binge, clearing out the closets, organizing the cupboards, creating a budget, getting a healing session, stepping back from toxic dynamics within relationships, creating space to hermit, folding the laundry, doing the dishes, clearing out your inbox, leaving a party early, saying no to a get together. It is creating space to feel, to really feel. It is creating space to listening within.  

Self-care isn't always sexy. 

But it is, in my opinion, always worth it.

In this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life podcast I dive deeper into this conversation. Join me here: 

much love, Lori

#037 - Living with crystal clear vision . . . what does that mean?

#037 - Living with crystal clear vision . . . what does that mean?

February 7, 2020

Ever since drawing the crystals for the 2020 Crystal Forecast I've been sinking deeper into the energetic theme for this year: Crystal Clear Vision. ***did you miss this year's crystal forecast? you can catch it here: https://loriaandrus.com/2020-crystal-forecast/

Yep, I've been getting curious. 

Why is vision a central theme in a year of creating a solid foundation, setting up supportive systems and structures? (as my numerology friends wisely tell me, 2020 is a 4 year) 

​What does vision have to do with laying a solid foundation . . . isn't that more of a roots thing? 

Ahh yes, I got curious. 

So often, when the word vision comes into conversation, there's an immediate energy of looking outside of oneself, almost a reaching for an answer, insight, or guidance. And there truly is a lot of insight that can be gleaned from outside of self.

But the vision the crystals are inspiring us to align with actually the soul vision that lives within.

This is a different type of vision and it requires a whole new level of trust.

I know you are highly skilled at looking within, finding stillness, and opening your heart to the voice of your soul.

Right now, as the external noise grows louder and more chaotic and confusing, it is more important than ever to listen to the voice within. It is time to strengthen that voice, to allow it to become crystal clear.

This is how we discover a new vision and understanding of self, truth, and love.

"I would like to take your hands for a moment and assure you that you are built well for these times. 
Despite your stints of doubt, your frustrations in arighting all that needs change right now, or even feeling you have lost the map entirely, you are not without resource, you are not alone."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Inner vision is incredibly rich. 

As we see within with crystal clarity, we see the world with clarity, with love, and with compassion. 

Listen in as I dive deeper into this in this week's episode of the Crystal Shaman Life Podcast.

It is time to sink deep within and illuminate every facet of your sacred being.
It is time let your soul shine brightly!

much love, Lori

P.S. Curious what crystals are your personal allies for sinking deep within this year? I would love to do a personal 12 month reading for you. Sign up for your personal crystal reading here: https://crystalshamanshop.com/product/2020-personal-crystal-reading/

#036 - The 2020 Crystal Forecast

#036 - The 2020 Crystal Forecast

January 27, 2020

I've been feeling like this year is off to a soft and slow beginning, that it's inviting us to be gentle and deeply present as we lay a foundation for the year.

Have been feeling this too?

Slowing down the hurried momentum of our day to day lives isn't always easy, especially at the beginning of the year. There is a wave of momentum that comes with the new year. Very often we recognize that momentum as a feeling that we need to dive in and get focused. It creates a sense of false urgency.

Here, in the northern hemisphere, we begin the new year just after the beginning of the winter season. It's a time to linger within our dreams and nurture our soul. It is a time to pause, be still, and listen.

Yes, gentleness, softness, and deep presence are great allies during these first couple weeks of the year.

As a collective, we are in the midst of many changes, changes that require us to know and love ourselves even more, and changes that invite us to intimately know and love the dreams, visions, and desires of our soul . . . the ones with real meaning, the ones that invite us to see all of life differently, to see truth, beauty, love, oneness, connection, possibility, and so much more.

2020 is a year for LIVING with CRYSTAL CLEAR VISION.

And the crystals are eager to be an active part of creating crystal clarity in this year of vision.

Last week I did a FB Live Crystal Reading to discover the crystal allies for this year.

Listen in to learn more. Or visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nvQjUcSrmo to watch the video.

Curious about what crystals are your best allies in 2020?

A 12 month personal crystal reading is a great way to not only find out which ones are your best allies, but to also discover what their unique messages are for you and how they are going to support you in bringing life to your personal intention.

Learn more about personal readings here: https://crystalshamanshop.com/product/2020-personal-crystal-reading/

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