Byosen Scanning

Byosen scanning is a method that I use during my treatment sessions to detect disrupted energy or areas of dis-ease. ‘Byo’ means illness or sickness and ‘sen’ means present or line.

The method involves starting at the client’s crown with the practitioner’s hand about two inches away from the client’s body. Using slow sweeping movements work downwards to the feet. If there is an area where a different sensation is felt in the palm (hot, cold, pulling / stickiness, tingling, pulsing, pain) then this is paused over and notes made of what is felt before moving on. Feedback may also be in the form of a mental image, colours or a sound. These sensations and impressions are known as ‘hibiki’, which means echo or reverberation. By identifying an area with a different energy to the rest of the body, this acts as a guide to where to focus the healing.



The presence of dis-ease does not necessarily mean a physical illness, it can be emotional dis-ease, stress, anger, resentment or attachment. There may or may not be any symptoms that the client is experiencing or aware of. Energetic blockages or imbalances in the chakras / etheric field can manifest themselves in numerous ways as dis-ease in the body. The key here is to use Byosen scanning to identify the area in need of attention, and to use this knowledge to direct healing to that area. As a Reiki practitioner, it is not our place to diagnose a specific illness or condition, however we can use the skills available to us to identify the area to which we need to direct the energies we work with.


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The 5 Best Essential Oils for Hay Fever


Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is a common allergic reaction to pollen that is said to affect one in five people at some point in their lives.

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. It contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses (small air-filled cavities behind your cheekbones and forehead) to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

woman sneezing in field

Those who suffer with the condition will know only too well the main symptoms:

  • blocked or runny nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy, sore, red or watery eyes
  • a cough
  • itchy eyes, nose and throat
  • headaches and facial pain (caused by congestion of the sinuses).

Some people are allergic to a certain type of pollen, and the unlucky ones are allergic to more than one. The main culprits are tree pollen (spring), grass pollen (end of spring / start of summer) and weed pollen (late autumn).

If you are anything like me, the conventional allergy medicines often make me feel quite rough. Luckily, there is a natural alternative to relieve symptoms … essential oils!
rapeseed field with pollen

5 of the top essential oils for hay fever

Eucalyptus: A powerful oil with a powerful effect on the respiratory system and soothes inflammation. A great decongestant, eucalyptus helps with catarrh, coughs, congestion and sinusitis. It also helps soothe inflammation and sore throats. The expectorant properties help with clearing excess mucus from the chest. Perfect! (Precautions: powerful oil, use in low concentrations, avoid if suffer from high blood pressure or epilepsy. May antidote other homeopathic preparations due to its strong odour).

Lavender: A versatile oil calming oil with analgesic and decongestant properties. Great for soothing irritation, coughs and sinusitis. (Precautions: avoid during early stages of pregnancy).

Peppermint: With its sharp menthol aroma which is great for opening up the nasal passages, peppermint is an expectorant which helps with getting rid of the pesky excess mucus from the bronchial tubes. (Precautions: a very stimulating oil, may cause sensitisation due to menthol constituent. It is best avoided in pregnancy and by those suffering from epilepsy or heart disease).

Pine: Being a decongestant and expectorant, pine is one of the most effective oils in helping with respiratory infections, sinus and bronchial congestion. (Precautions: best used in small doses as may irritate sensitive skins).

Roman Chamomile: Renowned for its soothing and calming properties, this oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which may help soothe inflamed respiratory tracts. (Precautions: use in low concentrations on the skin and avoid during the early stages of pregnancy).

dandelion seed in air

Ways to use them

Put 3 drops on to a tissue or handkerchief and inhale gently. Repeat as required.

Put 4-6 drops in a vaporiser or oil burner

Massage on to chest (essential oils should not be applied neat to the skin, always dilute first in a suitable carrier oil such as Grapeseed oil or Sweet Almond Oil. For a 2% dilution, an easy way to remember how many drops of essential oil to use is to divide the mls of carrier oil by two i.e. if you are using 10ml of carrier oil then you could add up to 5 drops of essential oil).


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Raising Your Vibration


You may have heard about raising your vibration or attaining a higher vibration level, particularly if you have an interest in holistic therapies or yoga. But what exactly is it all about and why is it important?

If you are not familiar with the Universal Laws, you may be familiar with the Law of Attraction from the book and film ‘The Secret’. Another Universal Law is the Law of Vibration, which states that all things are made of energy. Science confirms that everything in the Universe, is pure energy vibrating at different frequencies, and this includes you. This energy is constantly moving, oscillating and vibrating at different speeds.

We all vibrate energetically at a particular frequency. The lower the frequency of your vibration, the denser your energy. This may manifest as physical or emotional dis-ease. Life may appear more problematic and negative. In contrast, the higher the frequency of your vibration, the lighter your energy. You will be in better physical and emotional health as your body is in balance. You will experience a much more positive life, as it flows with synchronicities and clarity, with a deeper inner peace and happiness.

Your personal frequency impacts every aspect of your life. Your vibrational frequency emits out into the universe like radio waves through your thoughts and emotions. The mind is more powerful than you may imagine. The law of vibration and law of attraction tell us that we must align our energy with what we want to attract, therefore if we want positive experiences we must ensure that our thoughts and emotions are aligned to that level. High vibrations will attract the higher frequency more positive experiences, whereas low vibrations will attract the opposite.

So the question that you may be asking is ‘how do I raise my vibration?’

There are some simple things that you can do right away to start raising your vibration, these include spending time outdoors, gentle exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting the time you spend on electronic devices (these emit invisible electromagnetic frequencies that can negatively impact your energy field), limiting exposure to violent news, surrounding yourself by positive people, showing kindness and compassion and expressing gratitude.

Other methods include meditation, practices such as yoga, using high vibrational crystals, reiki and opening, clearing and balancing your chakras (using reiki, crystals or colour).

The chakras are swirling funnel shaped energy centres that exist in the subtle body, not the physical body. The physical body consists of energy that vibrates very slowly, and is physically visible. The subtle bodies are external energy layers with higher rates of vibration that create a field of energy around the physical body, known as the aura. When they are healthy and functioning properly the chakras act as gateways for energy from the subtle bodies to enter the physical body via the nadis and meridians. Equally they provide an exit point for lower frequency energy to be released back into the subtle bodies for transmutation.

The flow of energy through the chakras is vital to maintain optimum well being. It is essential that our main chakras stay open, aligned, and fluid. If the chakras are not balanced or are blocked, the basic life force (sometimes called ‘chi’ or ‘prana’) will be slowed down. If one of the chakras is blocked or out of balance,then energy cannot flow freely and evenly throughout the body. Chakras can become blocked or unbalanced by long held negative states – mental, emotional and physical. If there is a blockage, energy cannot flow and this can lead to dis-ease, both physical and mental or emotional. When the vibrational frequency of these subtle bodies rise, they provide us with higher forms of energy, sensations, perception and awareness.

Raising your vibration may also allow you to make contact with other dimensions including the ‘spirit world’ and ‘angelic realm’ which resonate at a higher level of consciousness, bringing wisdom and guidance. By opening the third eye (brow chakra) we open up extra sensory abilities that lie dormant within us. Known as your sixth sense, this includes any form of communication that does not arrive in your consciousness through the five main senses. These spiritual gifts or psychic abilities may include clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing) and clairsentience (clear feeling) among others. Whilst these abilities lie dormant within us, they are not necessarily something that we can ‘learn’, they often unfold spontaneously, however raising your vibration is a way to open this this door.

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Chamomile (Roman) Essential Oil


Botanical name: Anthemis nobilis

Plant origin: dried flowers of herb

Method of extraction: steam distillation

Aroma: warm, fruity, apple-like

Odour intensity: high

Note: middle

Blends well with: Benzoin, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose, Ylang Ylang


Chamomile has been revered since Egyptian times for its soothing properties and was used for cosmetic benefits to the skin. The ancient Greeks used Chamomile to treat fevers and female disorders. It is also known as the ‘plants’ physician’ due to its ability to protect and cure other plants in its vicinity. Chamomile is long renowned for its use in shampoos, particularly to highlight and condition fair hair. Chamomile tea is well known for its relaxing and digestive benefits.

chamomile roman plant

Therapeutic properties

Analgesic (pain relief), antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative (relieves flatulence), cephalic (stimulates and clears mind), digestive (aids digestion), diuretic (increases urine flow), emmenagogue (induces / assists menstruation), febrifuge (reduces body temperature / fever), hepatic (stimulates / aids liver), nervine (beneficial effect on nervous system, calms nerves), sedative (calming), stimulates leucocytosis (production of white blood cells), stomachic (relieves gastric disorders), tonic (strengthens & enlivens the body), vulnerary (helps to heal wounds and sores).

Therapeutic uses


– eases anxiety and nervous tension and irritability

– helpful for anger

– calms an overactive mind

– good for excessive worry and over sensitivity

– helpful for insomnia


– eases dull muscular aches and pains, particularly low back pain

– useful for headaches, migraine, toothache and earache

– helps with menstrual cycle, period pain and menopausal symptoms

– soothing on the stomach, can relieve colic, dyspepsia, indigestion, wind, good for IBS

– useful for disorders of genito-urinary tract, including cystitis

– helps with liver problems and jaundice

– useful for infections due to stimulating the production of white blood cells


– good for dry, itchy and sensitive skin

– helpful for inflammatory skin conditions

– can improve skin elasticity and strengthen tissues

– can reduce puffiness

– good for cleansing the skin

– soothing for burns, blisters, wounds

– calming for allergic conditions

Safety precautions

– Use in low concentrations as may cause dermal irritation / sensitisation

– Avoid during early stages of pregnancy (emmenagogue)

Marjoram (Sweet) Essential Oil


Botanical name: Origanum marjorana

Plant origin: dried leaves / flowering heads of herb

Method of extraction: steam distillation

Aroma: woody, spicy, mildly campherous,warming and penetrating

Odour intensity: medium

Note: middle

Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Lavender, Mandarin, Orange, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang


Marjoram is a powerful muscle relaxant to both the mind and body. It has a soothing, warming and fortifying effect on disorders of the muscular, nervous and respiratory systems.

Marjoram was popular with ancient Greeks who used it to treat spasm and excess fluid in the tissues. It was also thought to be a valuable antidote against poison.


Therapeutic properties

Analgesic (pain relief), antiseptic, antispasmodic (relieves cramps), antiviral , carminative (relieves flatulence), cephalic (stimulates and clears mind), cordial (heart tonic), digestive (aids digestion), emmenagogue (induces / assists menstruation), expectorant (removal of excess mucus), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), laxative, nervine (beneficial effect on nervoous system, calms nerves), rubefacient (warms by increasing local blood flow / circulation), sedative (calming), vulnerary (helps to heal wounds and sores).

Therapeutic uses


–  Calming effect on nervous system.

–  Relieves anxiety and stress.

–  Helpful for depression.

–  Warming effect on the emotions.

–  May be comforting in times of grief and loneliness.


– Particularly effective for muscular aches, stiffness and joint pain.

– May help with rheumatic and arthritic pain.

– Helps to dilate the arteries and capillaries, promoting easier blood flow and a sense of warmth.

– Thought to lower high blood pressure.

– A good tonic for the heart.

– Effective on the digestive system and may help with stomach cramps, colic, indigestion, constipation and flatulence.

– Appears to have a beneficial action on coughs, colds and chest infections.

– May also be beneficial for asthma.

– Helps to alleviate congestion.

– Good for general headaches and migraines.

– Thought to be useful for regulating the menstrual cycle and relieving menstrual pain and tension.


– Good for bruises as promotes flow of blood

Safety precautions

– Prolonged use can cause drowsiness

– Best avoided during pregnancy

The Mayan Crystal Skulls


Included in this post is an article which I have reproduced as I think it is a very interesting article that backs up some other research that I have been doing on Starbrary and Lemurian / Atlantean quartz crystals, which I will write an article on in the future. The difference between Starbraries and Lemurian Seed / Atlantean Record Keeper crystals is that it is the belief that Starbraries are completely natural Quartz formations that have been encoded “remotely” by various, distant Star Systems throughout the Universe and contain glyph like markings, whilst Lemurians / Atlantean crystals are forms of quartz crystals that are believed to contain the records of lost civilizations from our world. Choosing to agree with these beliefs is a personal choice but I myself have found that these crystals have a very powerful energy, different from other crystals that I work with, one that can be felt by simply holding the crystal in your hand.

crystal skull

Present-day technology cannot explain how the Mayan crystal skulls were produced”.

On 1 January, 1924, Canadian Anna Mitchell Hedges discovered a crystal skull beneath an alter in a pyramid temple in the lost Mayan city of Lubaantun (meaning the city of the fallen stones in the Mayan language).

The skull was the same size as a genuine human skull and consists entirely of transparent quartz. The anatomically completely accurate skull, with its separate mobile lower jaw was carved from one whole piece of quartz crystal.

Anna Mitchell Hedges wished to discover who made the skull, and when, and gave it to the world-renowned company Hewlett-Packard for testing. Since the crystal contained no carbon, scientists were unable to perform radio-carbon dating, but used different techniques to try to establish when the skull had been made, and using which methods.

  1. The skull was made from quartz crystal, used in present-day electronic industry: A team of scientists revealed that the skull has been made out of a form of quartz known as piezoelectric silicon dioxide, used in the current telecommunications sector and with a higher memory capacity than other. Latest micro-processors are made from the same substance. Even more striking, however, is the fact that this form of crystal was only discovered in the 19th century.
  2. The crystal skull has the ability to produce its own electricity: This crystal, piezoelectric silicon dioxide, is both negative and positively polarized. This means that, as with batteries, it is able to produce its own electricity.
  3. The skull was produced from a single block of crystal: Scientists used a series of polarized test lights to establish that the skull and the lower jaw were made from the same block of crystal rock. Considering that quartz crystal is softer and more brittle than diamond, the fact the skull was carved from a single piece of crystal, which is almost impossible, amazed scientists.
  4. No signs of any tools were discovered on the skull: The scientists decided to examine the skull under a microscope to determine whether any tools had been used in its manufacture. They were amazed to find no signs that modern automatic equipment or mechanical tools had been used in the crystal skull’s manufacture. Crystal rock is very brittle and friable, and it would have fallen apart had any tools been used during the carving. Because modern manufacturing tools would immediately break it because of their heat and vibrations. Hewlett-Packard concluded that it was impossible to produce such a delicate and fine component as the lower jaw, from a single piece of crystal, even using modern diamond-tipped electrical equipment, without shattering it. This led one of the team of scientists to say, “this skull shouldn’t even exist” and resulted in a number of other observers also speculating that the skull might not be human in origin. Following these tests, the crystal skull was interpreted as having been made by hand.
  5. Had the crystal skull been carved by hand, it would have taken around 300 years, and several generations to have its present shape: The scientists calculated that it would have taken several generations to carve the skull, using no tools apart from rubbing at it with a piece of diamond. According to the Hewlett-Packard report, it would have taken some 300 years to shape the skull by abrading it by hand.
  6. There are no cracks in the crystal skull, despite its being carved in total violation of the laws of physics: Present-day crystals are carved around their axes. Because crystals have a molecular symmetry. In order not to break the crystal, it has to be cut in line with that natural structure, its molecular symmetry, in other words. Even if lasers of high-tech cutting techniques are used, crystals will still shatter if not cut along their natural axes. But even though this crystal skull was cut in a manner totally independent of its axis, no fracturing or cracking arose, in complete violation of the laws of physics.
  7. Scientists were astonished by the crystal skull’s optical design: As a result of the Hewlett-Packard tests, scientists realized that the skull had interesting optical properties. Light applied from beneath the skull should normally be refracted in all directions, but in this skull it forms a channel focusing on the eye sockets and emerging from these.
  8. The prism inside the crystal skull concentrates an image of the area in the eyes: There is a kind of prism in the lower, rear part of the skull. Light striking the eye sockets is reflected from here. Therefore, if you look directly into the sockets you see that the whole room is reflected inside the eyes of the crystal skull.

Structures that present-day technology still struggles to account for, such as Stonehenge in England, constructed 8,000 years ago, the Egyptian pyramids, the T-shaped animal motifs carved 11,000 years ago on Gobekli Tepe in Urfa, Turkey and the 10-ton Sun gate carved from a single rock, prove that people in ancient times were not primitive and lacking any comprehension of art, science and technology, as is sometimes claimed. Evolutionists have attempted to apply the same perverse, evolutionary logic they sought to apply to such branches of science as biology, palaeontology, zoology, entomology and botany to archaeology, as well. But the historical artefacts that emerge into the light of day scientifically refute the evolutionist claim that ape-like beings gradually developed into modern man.



– Sacred Hoop Magazine, No. 21, Summer 1998

– Chris Morton and Ceri Louise Thomas, The Mystery of the Crystal Skulls, Bear & Company/Inner Traditions (in America and Canada), Element/Harper Collins (in Great Britain)


The article above can be found here:

If nothing else, this article certainly raises the possibility that there may be more to life than as we know it!



Carnelian (a 16th century corruption of ‘cornelian’) is a variety of chalcedony, a mineral of the quartz family, coloured orange by impurities of iron oxide. Its name is thought to be derived from two sources, the ‘cornel cherry’ whose translucent red fruit resemble the stone, and the latin word ‘carnis’ meaning flesh.

Carnelian is best known for its translucent bright orange or red-orange colour, though it can vary in shade from a pale pink-orange through to a reddish brown. Some stones are solid in colour, some are flecked and some stones show beautiful banding. Most of the best carnelian stone is mined from India, though deposits are also found in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Britain, Iceland, and Peru.

carnelian tumblestones


Carnelian has a long history, and is one of the oldest known gemstones in legend. It was mentioned in the Bible as one of the twelve gemstones that featured on the breast plate of Aaron, the High Priest of the Israelites, signifying the blood of the martyrs. In Roman times it was used to make signet rings and for imprinting a seal on letters or important documents. The ancient Greeks and Babylonians saw Carnelian as a talisman of good luck. The ancient Egyptians revered Carnelian, referring to it as ‘the setting sun’. They identified orange hued stones with the fertile menstrual blood of the mother goddess Isis, and female energies. Red to brown hued versions were considered active male energy stones. It was worn by master architects to show their rank of builder and to guard against falling masonry and accidents. The Egyptians believed that Carnelian assisted the soul on its journey and had protective powers in the afterlife. In the Middle Ages, alchemists used Carnelian as a boiling stone to activate the energies of other chalcedonies, and it was once believed to prevent the Plague. Today, when carnelian is placed around the home, it is thought to protect against fire, storm, theft and accidents.


carnelian shades

The variety of colour in Carnelian.


Carnelian is a stabilising stone with high energy. The vibrations of carnelian resonates with different chakras, depending on the colour of the stone. Red carnelian resonates with the base (or root) chakra, clearing blockages and healing trauma. The base chakra is the foundation of physical and spiritual energy for the body. A healthy balanced base chakra provides strength and stamina and spiritually one’s sense of purpose on earth, bringing inner security and inner power. Orange carnelian resonates with the sacral chakra and stimulates the flow of information between the body and the mind. Confusion, dependency, lack of pleasure in life, and fear of sensuality manifest when this chakra is out of balance. More pink shades of carnelian may resonate with the heart chakra.


pink banded carnelian

A lovely piece of pink banded carnelian.



Carnelian energizes the physical body, bringing strength, stamina and vitality. Filled with life force energy, they assist in bringing blood supply to the organs and tissues, aiding tissue regeneration, boosting circulation, encouraging the absorption of nutrients and increasing metabolism. Carnelian can be beneficial for varicose veins, phlebitis, haemorrhoids and general congestion. They may also be helpful in healing skin conditions and scarring.

Carnelian is thought to be of benefit to those suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, neuralgia and similar conditions. It also may accelerate healing of damaged ligaments and bones.

Carnelian, particularly orange hued, is influential on the reproductive organs of males and females, boosting fertility and stimulating sexuality, helping to overcome issues such as frigidity and impotence. Orange hued stones are also linked to fertility and potency and may support conceiving a child.It may be of benefit to women in easing symptoms of the menstrual cycle and menopause.

orange carnelian

Orange Carnelian.


Mental and Emotional

Carnelian is a stabilising stone, grounding and anchoring in the present whilst promoting positive life choices to move forwards. It gives the courage to over come difficulties and be accepting of change. It brings trust in oneself and one’s own perceptions, giving clarity and decisiveness. Carnelian is a good stone for overcoming abuse of any kind, helping to overcome negative conditioning and imparting courage and confidence. It dispels fear and brings inner peace. Carnelian banishes emotional negativity and encourages a love of life, bringing feelings of warmth and joy.

Carnelian improves concentration, analytical skills, creativity and stimulates ambition and drive. It is useful in business, said to be a stone of prosperity. A stone of action, the high energy of this crystal brings vitality and removes mental lethargy, excellent for daydreamers.

Carnelian is an excellent crystal for loving and sexual relationships. Its help rekindle passion, overcome sexual anxieties and alleviate jealousy and possessiveness. Carnelian protects against envy, rage and resentment, calming anger. 


banded carnelian

Banded Carnelian.


Bestowing acceptance of the cycle of life, carnelian helps to remove the fear of death, and promotes positive life choices. In ancient civilisations, carnelian was believed to protect the dead on their journey to the afterlife, assisting the soul on its journey.


red carnelian

Red Carnelian.


How to use

Carnelian is most of benefit to the base and sacral chakra, carrying a carnelian tumblestone in your pocket is a good way keep the stone close to these areas, though wearing carnelian in any type of jewellery will still be beneficial, as long as it is within your aura.

To protect your home, place carnelians in each room, or a specific room that you spend most of your time in if you prefer.


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Lapis Lazuli


Lapis Lazuli is a rock composed mostly of Lazurite, Sodalite, Calcite and Pyrite. It is deep blue with gold flecks from the pyrite and white streaks from the calcite. The more prized Lapis is that which has more intense blue, whereas lower grade Lapis is slightly paler blue with more white than gold flecks, and is referred to as Denim Lapis. Its name comes from the Persian word ‘lazhuward’ meaning ‘blue’.

Lapis Lazuli


Lapis Lazuli has been used by healers, priests and even royalty since ancient times, to bring wisdom and power and for ability to develop psychic abilities .


tutankhamun's mask


Lapis Lazuli was mined in Afghanistan as early as 3000 BC. Through trade, Afghanistan was the source of Lapis for the ancient Egyptians and later the Greeks and Romans. This prized stone was used by the Pharaohs and used around the eyes and for the eyebrows on the well known funeral mask of the Pharaoh King Tutankhamun, and beautiful amulets made from the stone were discovered in his tomb.


tutankhamun's scarab amulet


Lapis Lazuli began to be exported to Europe towards the end of the middle ages for the valuable ultramarine dye obtained by grinding it into powder. Ultramarine was the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments and was used in the paintings of some of the most renowned artists of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

High grade Lapis Lazuli is becoming harder to find as many of the best deposits have already been mined. Whilst some mines have been found in Chile, Italy, Russia and the USA, some of the best Lapis comes from the ancient mine in Afghanistan.

Lapis Lazuli harmonises the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the body. Imbalances between these planes can lead to dis-ease, a sense of lack of purpose and depression. Once harmony is restored, it brings about multi dimensional cellular healing and a deep inner self knowledge. It echoes the vibrations of truth and enlightenment, representing the universal truth.

Lapis Lazuli is related primarily to the brow chakra, opening the third and balancing the energies of the throat chakra, the voice of the body.


Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli showing the glistening gold coloured pyrite

Spiritual Benefits

As a stone for the third eye, or brow chakra, the energy of Lapis Lazuli assists in developing intuition, channeling and psychic abilities and powers. By opening the third eye and activating the pineal gland, it can open your connection to the angel and spirit realms. Its powerful energy promotes spiritual growth and spiritual health. A healthy and balanced brow chakra allows us to see clearly. It heightens our perception and intuition, our thoughts come with depth and clarity giving profound conviction and faith and trust in oneself. From this begins enlightenment. Lapis Lazuli facilitates spiritual journeying and dream work, bringing information from ours dreams into our consciousness where they impart wisdom.

A stone of communication, Lapis Lazuli balances the throat chakra. As the voice of the body, the throat chakra allows us to express the energy of our other chakras. If the throat chakra is blocked or out of balance, it affects our ability to communicate our thoughts and feelings. A healthy throat chakra allows free expression with your words aligned to your personal truth. Lapis Lazuli teaches power of the spoken word and can reverse curses or disease caused by not speaking out.

As a protection stone, Lapis Lazuli protects from psychic attacks, recognising and blocking them before returning the negative energy back to its source.

Lapis Lazuli is an excellent stone for meditation and manifestation. Draw in this strong manifestation energy by placing on the third eye whilst meditating on a that which you wish to manifest. Mentally picture your desires as already having been fulfilled.


Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli showing the white calcite and gold pyrite inclusions.


Emotional benefits

Lapis Lazuli is a powerful thought amplifier. It stimulates the higher mind, enhancing intellectual ability and memory, increasing concentration and assisting in the process of learning. It helps to bring objectivity and clarity to our thoughts, supporting our knowledge, understanding and awareness of truth.

As already mentioned, Lapis Lazuli is a stone of communication. It brings harmony in relationships, encouraging honesty, understanding, compassion and self expression. It can be particularly useful in homes with children suffering from autism, attention deficit disorder or Asperger’s syndrome, providing a calmness and assisting them to express their feelings and thoughts.

Lapis Lazuli can help with anger by dissipating the anger and associated negative thoughts. It can help to bring suppressed thoughts and emotions to the surface, enabling them to be rationally resolved. It can quickly release stress replacing it with a sense of peace.

Lapis Lazuli helps to develop a strong sense of inner power, courage, confidence and hope. This makes it an excellent stone for helping to deal with the feelings and emotions that may come from grief, trauma, abuse and the anxiety and depression that often follows such traumatic events.


Lapis Lazuli


Physical benefits

Lapis Lazuli is an excellent stone to help with physical issues in the throat and head. Benefiting the throat, larynx, vocal chords and thyroid it also helps with migraine pain (as well as pain in general), hearing loss, vertigo, and other issues related to the ear, nasal and sinus passages and tubes.

Lapis Lazuli is known to benefit to the nervous, respiratory and immune systems. Said to purify the blood, lower blood pressure and improve circulation and caridac rhythm it is also an excellent stone for the cardiovascular and circulatory systems.

This stone is reportedly beneficial for women suffering from issues related to female hormones, such as menstrual irregularities, pms, menopause and relieving the associated cramps.

Lapis Lazuli aids the nervous system and brain disorders, and is believed to help with autism, attention-deficit disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and anything else that my fall on the autistic spectrum.


Lapis Lazuli bead


How to use.

To get the most benefit from Lapis Lazuli, wear or place it at the throat or third eye or position it anywhere between sternum and top of head.

Alternatively, a gem essence or crystal elixir can be made with the stone, however it should be made using the indirect method due to Lapis Lazuli being a soft porous stone and also containing copper and sulphur (from the pyrite inclusions). For details on how to prepare a crystal elixir using the indirect method please see this post Making a crystal elixir .


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 substitute 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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What is citrine?

Citrine is a variety of quartz that ranges in colour from a pale yellow through to a smokey brown, sometimes it contains rainbows and has a shimmer or sparkle to it. Natural citrine is relatively hard to come by, most of the citrine on the market is in fact heat treated amethyst. A way to tell the difference is that natural citrine is usually a pale honey or straw colour, if it is heat treated amethyst, the yellow colour will be most concentrated at the tip but white at the bottom. Heating the stone doesn’t change its molecular structure, i.e. it is still Si0₂, however the colour is changed from the violet to the yellow frequency and so it resonates a different vibrational frequency or energy. A point to note also it that citrine fades in sunlight. It is thought that paler shades of the natural stone govern the physical body whereas darker shades connect with the subtle spiritual bodies.


citrine (heat-treated)

This citrine point is likely heat-treated amethyst – note the deeply coloured point in contrast to the white base.


A powerful cleanser

Citrine is a powerful cleanser and re-generator that carries the power of the sun. Natural citrine is one of the two crystals that never requires clearing or cleansing (the other is kyanite) as it transmutes, dissipates, and grounds negative energy rather than accumulating it.


The stone of abundance

Citrine is commonly referred to as the ‘merchant’s stone’, ‘abundance stone’ or ‘success stone’ due to its said ability to manifest abundance and success in many aspects, particularly financially and in business and commerce. Citrine helps to stimulate creativity and imagination, assisting the manifestation of hopes and dreams. In Feng Shui, citrine would be placed in the wealth corner of your home or business premises (far left corner from the front door to the building or room). Try placing some inside your cash box or a small piece in your purse to both acquire and maintain wealth.


tower of coins



Citrine has a warming, energising and recharging effect, imparting energy, invigorating the physical body and increasing stamina and circulation. It is a valuable stone for those who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia. It is thought to aid in reversing degenerative disease and as such would be a recommended stone for anyone suffering from alzheimers. It also is thought to have benefits on the nervous system and in fortifying the nerves.

Citrine is said to be excellent for the liver, spleen, gall bladder and stimulating the digestive system. Thought to inhibit infection in the kidney and bladder, this stone may also prove useful in the treatment of bed wetting. As an eliminating stone, it may help with removing toxins, relieving constipation and is also said to help combat cellulite.

Supporting the endocrine system, it may assist in regulation of the activity of cells, organs and hormones, such as balancing the thyroid and encouraging proper metabolism. It helps maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair and may alleviate skin irritations and allergies. When taken as an elixir, citrine can help with hormone imbalances and relieve menstrual and menopausal symptoms.

Citrine can also be helpful for sleep disturbances or when suffering nightmares.


citrine tumblestones

Natural citrine tumblestones.


Mentally and Emotionally

Citrine is a happy stone. Not only does it remove negative energies and emotions, it replaces them with positive ones. It is particularly useful for people who are sensitive to environmental and other outside influences. An excellent stone to relieve depression, self-doubt, self criticism, anger, self destructive tendencies and phobias as citrine raises self esteem, self confidence and self worth. It assists in letting go of the past and moving forwards without the fear of being judged by others, assisting in being able to verbalise thoughts and feelings and bringing a confident and optimistic outlook to the future. Citrine is useful in settling and smoothing disharmony and disputes within family or groups.


citrine tumblestone



Citrine acts to open, cleanse and energize the chakras, particularly the solar plexus and navel chakras. In cleansing and balancing the subtle bodies, it realigns them with the physical body. Activates crown chakra and opens the intuition. Known for its ability to protect the aura by clearing negative energy and influences, it is useful in psychic and spiritual development.

In activating the solar plexus, it clears and magnifies personal energy, opening up the intuitive mind and helping with decisiveness. This focused intent and inner strength assists with manifesting what you want in life on the physical, emotional and material planes.


How to use

Try wearing around the finger, throat or in contact with the skin or placing in the wealth corner of your home as described earlier. Alternatively, use as an elixir.



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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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