Archive | October 2016

Gassho Meditation


What is meditation?

Meditation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. It allows you to be ‘in the moment’, the mind body and soul can balance and self healing can begin. Gassho Meditation is a form of meditation taught to Reiki Level 1 students. Dr. Usui taught this form of meditation to his Reiki students as the first pillar of Reiki.


buddha figure in gassho position


What is Gassho?

Gassho means “two hands coming together”and is a mudra (a specific hand position as a spiritual gesture) from Buddhist tradition. It teaches the art of quieting the mind and creating single pointed focus in meditation. The hands are placed together in prayer position with thumbs pointing in towards the heart chakra a few inches from your chest. This hand position is used in many different cultures and religions during prayer. However, whereas prayer is about speaking to a deity, meditation is about quieting the mind to listen.

How to practice Gassho Meditation

  1. Find a place where it is quiet and you will not be disturbed for 15-20 minutes.
  1. Sit on the floor in the lotus position (legs crossed) or seiza position (kneel down and sit back on your lower legs). If more comfortable you can sit on a chair.
  1. Close your eyes and place your hands in the Gassho position – hands together in prayer position, fingers pointing up and thumbs against your heart chakra.
  1. Focus on your breathing – natural and unforced, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  1. Whilst breathing, touch your palate with your tongue just behind your top front teeth. This connects the front and back energy channels called Meridians.
  1. If you are attuned to Reiki, connect to the Reiki energy.
  1. Clear your mind and focus on the space between your palms. If thoughts come into your mind, simply acknowledge them then let them pass. Refocus your mind by pressing the middle fingers together and concentrating on the space between the palms.
  1. If your arms or shoulders become uncomfortable, allow your hands to come down gradually to rest in your lap. Keep your hands together together and remain focussed on the contact point of the middle finger tips and your palms.
  1. When you reach the end of your meditation, take a couple of deep breaths and open your eyes. Close any Reiki flow and slowly stand up.

Practice this meditation for 10-15 minutes a day if you can, though even 5 minutes is beneficial. As you get used to meditating you will be able to extend the period of time should you wish.


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Making a Crystal Elixir


What are crystal elixirs?

Crystal elixirs are an excellent way to utilise the the healing properties and powers of crystals. They have a subtle and gentle effect and allow the flexibility to combine more than one crystal, providing they are compatible. Crystal or gem elixirs may also be referred to as essences, waters, tonics, or remedies, but they are all the same thing, water infused with crystal energy.

There are a number of ways of using a crystal elixir, it can be rubbed onto the skin, applied to the chakra or pulse points, added to water and sipped, administered from a dropper under the tongue, added to your bathwater or sprayed around a room. Many practitioners recommend it be taken under the tongue so that it is absorbed directly without having to be dissipated via the digestive system, however the method of administration depends largely on the reason of use and it is also a matter of personal preference.


How do they work?

All crystals carry their own unique vibrations and healing properties. When a crystal is placed in water, the water becomes infused with minute concentrations of the minerals constituents along with the energy and vibrations of the crystal. When the elixir is administered, these properties are then transferred to our physical and subtle bodies.


How to make a crystal elixir

Making a crystal elixir is relatively easy to do, though it is extremely important to have a sound knowledge of the crystals that you intend to use as some crystals are water soluble and some are even toxic. Minerals which contain toxic compounds such as copper, lead or mercury allow trace amounts to leach into the water and therefore should only be used with the ‘indirect method’ (explained below). If you are unsure, always research first, use crystals from the quartz family (non-toxic and non-porous), use the indirect method, or seek professional advice.

There are two main methods of making crystal elixirs, the ‘direct method’ and the ‘indirect method’. In the direct method the crystal is placed directly in the water, whereas in the indirect method the elixir water is separated from the crystal by a barrier.


The direct method (always check stones used are non-toxic and non-porous)

  1. Choose your crystal(s) and make sure they are washed and energetically cleansed.
  2. Place the crystal(s) in a clear glass bowl and cover with spring water or filtered water.
  3. Cover the bowl with a clear glass plate, or if not use cling film.
  4. Stand the bowl in sunlight for a few hours. Some people recommend up to 12 hours daylight, others recommend 24 hours to benefit from sunlight and moonlight.
  5. To enhance the effect and amplify the energies you can place clear quartz points around the bowl with their points facing in towards the bowl.
  6. Remove the crystals with a spoon and pour the charged water (also referred to as the mother essence) into a glass bottle. A dark bottle (dark brown or blue) is recommended as it it thought to preserve the vibrations better but beware of using coloured bottles as each colour carries its own vibrations (see my page ‘Colour Therapy’).
  7. Add an equal amount of alcohol such as vodka, brandy or cider vinegar to preserve the elixir (so that 50% of the elixir is the mother essence and 50% is alcohol), particularly if you plan on storing it for more than a week. Seal the bottle, date and name.
  8. A small amount of the elixir can then be decanted into a smaller dropper bottle (again use dark glass) for use.


Amethyst in glass bowl

Amethyst in glass bowl

Amethyst elixir preparation – Direct Method


Crystal water can also be made using this method by placing a non-toxic and non-porous crystal into a glass (clear quartz or rose quartz are good examples), leaving to stand for a few hours or overnight, and then sipping it throughout the day. This water can also be used to spray or dab onto skin conditions such as eczema where you wouldn’t want the alcohol content.

If making a spray, add 7 drops of the mother remedy to pure water to use immediately. If storing for longer use, add some vodka to preserve. The spray can then be used to clear negative energies from a room or around you to cleanse your aura.


The indirect method (for toxic or porous crystals)

  1. Choose your crystal(s) and make sure that they are washed and energetically cleansed.
  2. Place the crystal(s) in a small clear glass bowl or drinking glass and then place the bowl or glass in a larger clear glass bowl.
  3. Fill the large glass bowl with spring water or filtered water so that the level of water is above the crystals in the smaller inner bowl, but below the rim of the small bowl or glass.
  4. The vibrations of the crystal are transferred to the water without allowing its mineral contents, and any toxicity to leach into the water.
  5. Cover the bowl with a clear glass plate, or if not use cling film.
  6. Stand the bowl in sunlight for a few hours. Some people recommend up to 12 hours daylight, others recommend 24 hours to benefit from sunlight and moonlight.
  7. Again, to enhance the effect and amplify the energies you can place clear quartz points around the bowl with their points facing in towards the bowl.
  8. Remove the small bowl / glass and then pour the charged water (mother essence) from the larger bowl into a dark glass bottle as described earlier.
  9. Add an equal amount of alcohol such as vodka or brandy, or cider vinegar, to preserve the essence, particularly if you plan on storing it for more than a week. Seal the bottle, date and name.
  10. As before, a small amount of the finished elixir can then be decanted into a smaller dropper bottle (again use dark glass) for use.


Malachite in glass stood in bowl of water

Malachite in glass stood in bowl of water

Malachite elixir preparation – Indirect Method


Dosage recommendations

Always go on your own experience as some crystal remedies can be very powerful and you can adjust your dosage accordingly but as a basic guide:

  • 3-4 drops in a small glass of water 3-4 times a day
  • for chronic conditions, place 3 drops of elixir into a 30ml dropper bottle and fill with spring or filtered water. Take 5 drops 4 times a day for several weeks
  • 12-20 drops added to your bathwater
  • as a rescue remedy place 5-7 drops under the tongue, hold for 20 seconds before swallowing.


Recommended books

A useful book to match symptoms to crystals is ‘Crystal Prescriptions’ by Judy Hall. ‘The Crystal Bible’, also by Judy Hall is a great book to check for the uses of common crystals and also states if the crystal is toxic.



Crystal remedies should not be seen as a substitute for conventional medicines. Always seek medical advice for any health concerns. Always research any crystals thoroughly before using them, for their uses and mineral composition. Always ensure crystals used are non-toxic and non-porous. If in doubt, always prepare essences using the indirect method.



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Rose Quartz


Rose quartz is a translucent pink variety of quartz, which is easily obtainable in both its natural and polished forms. As the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace, it is also known by a number of names including ‘the stone of unconditional love’, ‘the heart stone’ and ‘the stone of reconciliation’.


Natural rose quartz


Legend and history


Greek myth tells how Adonis, the mortal lover of Aphrodite, was attacked by a boar. As she rushed to save him, Aphrodite was caught on a thorn bush. As the lovers’ blood mingled, it coloured the white quartz pink, and the stone became a symbol of love. Scientifically, it is thought that the pink colouration is due to trace amounts of titanium, iron or manganese, other thoughts are that the colouration is due to microscopic fibres within the stone.

Quartz crystals were thought to be used by ancient civilizations as powerful talismans and used in in their healing potions. The ancient Egyptians believed rose quartz could clear the complexion and prevent wrinkles and ageing, masks of the crystal have even been found in the Egyptian tombs.


The stone of love


Quartz crystals are well known for their ability to amplify energy, and rose quartz amplifies feelings of love, compassion, empathy, acceptance and forgiveness both towards ones self and others. It encourages self love, self trust and self worth. Rose quartz is also known for its aphrodisiac properties – it can raise sensuality, and as such is an excellent stone for romantic relationships, be it attracting, igniting or rekindling. In existing relationships it helps to restore unconditional love, trust and harmony.

The energy of rose quartz resonates with the heart chakra and higher heart chakra, opening the heart and bringing compassion, self love and deep inner healing.


polished rose quartz



Easing the emotions


Rose quartz lowers emotional stress and tensions, helping to dispel negative emotions and feelings of anger, jealousy, and resentment. These tensions can cause dis-ease if not addressed. The calming and reassuring effects of rose quartz also make it a wonderful crystal for use in times of grief, crisis and trauma.

Although rose quartz is thought of as a gentle stone, it has the power to delve deep into the subconscious mind to deal with suppressed negative feelings, emotions, pain and memories. We may not be aware of these in the conscious mind and they may even manifest physically or emotionally as something else. Releasing them may be painful, but all for our highest good with the peace of mind that follows. Placing rose quartz under your pillow may allow these feelings to come to us in our dreams ready for us to consciously deal with them. If the process becomes too uncomfortable seeking professional medical help such as counselling would be advisable.


pink clouds


Physical uses


Rose quartz strengthens the physical heart and circulatory system. It is believed to help lower high blood pressure and protect against heart attacks, thrombosis and even varicose veins. To aid chest and lung problems, try placing this stone on the thymus. It is also thought to heal the kidneys and adrenal glands, releasing impurities from bodily fluids.

Rose quartz has been known for supporting with skins conditions since early civilisations. It is thought to reduce signs of ageing and reveal a more youthful complexion. It can help soothe burns or blisters, and can be used as an elixir in this respect. As well as hastening recovery of skin conditions it can be useful generally for promoting healing.

Rose quartz is a maternal crystal, promoting and strengthening the bond between mother and baby. It can be placed on the stomach during pregnancy and even can soothe a newborn if left near the baby . It has the power to increase fertility and to is said to protect both mother and unborn fetus from miscarriage.


Rose quartz tips


  • Place by your bed to improve current relationships or attract new love
  • Place in the relationship corner of your home or bedroom (far right corner)
  • Wear over the heart chakra
  • To aid grieving prepare a gem essence using rose quartz and add it to your bath water
  • Carry with you in your pocket to benefit from the comforting, soothing and loving energies of this stone



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What is amethyst?

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and comes in a range of shades from lavender to deep purple.

Its name comes from the greek ‘ἀ’ meaning ‘not’ and ‘méthystos’ meaning ‘intoxicated’, as in Roman times it was believed that this stone protected its owner from drunkenness. Throughout the ages it has been a highly prized stone, known for its powers to soothe the mind and emotions.

Amethyst is a very powerful stone with a high spiritual vibration which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is an excellent all-purpose stone that is predominantly associated with the third eye and crown chakras but can also open the heart chakra. An excellent spiritual stone, it is said to enhance intuition and psychic powers by making a clear connection between the earth and other planes.

amethyst point

The protective stone

Known for being a protective stone, amethyst guards against psychic attack, paranormal harm or ill wishes from others. It transmutes the negative energy into positive loving energy before returning it back to the universe.

The natural tranquiliser

Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, relieving stress and irritability and dispelling anger, fear and anxiety. Emotionally, amethyst helps balance mood swings and brings about stability and emotional inner strength. It is often used to gently help deal with personal losses and grief due to its gentle and sedative energy. It is a good crystal to support with overcoming addictions such as those to alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc, and also with destructive or compulsive behaviours.

The dream stone

If you suffer from insomnia, try placing an amethyst under your pillow. Known as the dream stone it can bring about intuitive dreams and help with remembering and understanding them.



Amethyst has the dual capability of being both calming and stimulating to the mind. It is an excellent stone to carry, wear or meditate with when dealing with legal problems negotiations and business matters, enabling intellectual reasoning. It calms irate temperaments and hotheadedness, providing a strong advantage in situations where debating is required. Amethyst is also known to assist with financial issues and bring about prosperity and abundance, though citrine is also a very good stone for this.

Electromagnetc radiation

In the age where virtually every household has a multitude of electronic devices, there is understandably concern over the potential effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Place a cluster of amethyst near your computer or other electronic devices to offer EMF protection.


The all purpose stone

Other conditions that amethyst is said to assist with include:

  • headaches – rub it across your forehead to bring relief from a headache

  • arthritis – particularly when used as an elixir

  • diabetes

  • pain relief

  • reducing bruising and swelling

  • skin conditions

  • circulatory system issues – supporting oxygenation of the blood

  • hearing disorders

  • boosts hormone production

  • endocrine system problems

  • dis-ease of the digestive tract and intestines

  • dis-ease of the lungs and respiratory tract, including asthma

  • chronic fatigue

  • fibromyalgia

  • strengthens the immune system

  • overcoming phobias

  • pregnancy

  • PMS and menopause

Please note that although crystals are thought to assist us as described above, they should not be considered as a cure should not be used as a substite for conventional medical advice and treatment, though they can be used alongside these. Please always seek a doctors advice with any medical concerns.

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