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10 Gemstones & Crystals To Support Childbirth & Pregnancy

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What a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy is tremendous. And yet, the “miracle of birth” doesn’t always feel so miraculous when you’re talking stretch marks, vomit, and hemorrhoids. The promise of new life at the culmination of this journey is enough to keep us procreating, but no woman in the history of the world ever said: “You know what would be fun to do today? Pushing an oven-stuffer roaster through my lady parts.”

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When the human body goes through something so momentous, it needs and deserves support. While not as popular to many in the west, gemstones and crystals have been used for centuries by shamans, healers, and midwifes to help women through this magical time. But which gemstone is best for you?

We tapped into The Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian to get some insight.

1. Amethyst

Amethyst is best for women who above all desire protection and positivity. This beautiful purple stone has been described through history as a “beacon of light.” It purifies and protects its wearer, and shields against negative energy. As an Air element, it emits a calm and fluid frequency, and has long been used to help relieve physical and emotional pain. This is a lovely stone to wear as a birthing necklace, and can also be held as a tumble stone. For added support, place Amethyst geodes around your birthing space to help create a soothing environment of positivity and protection.

2. Black Onyx

Black Onyx is best for women who above all desire strength and grounding. Black Onyx emanates vitality and inner strength, and allows one to maintain a cool head during heated situations. It quells anxiety and promotes high levels of focus and discipline, therefore providing a deep sense of satisfaction when the task is done. This stone condenses excessive energies, which is good for those with nervous dispositions, and encourages self-control. Above all, Black Onyx helps to focus energy into a positive source. It can be worn or held as a source of strength during childbirth.

3. Carnelian

Carnelian is best for women who above all desire courage and protection from fear. Carnelian is a strong Fire stone, and as such, instills great willpower and motivation in its wearer. It is a very energetic stone, which translates to its wearer, fortifying them in times of physical and emotional stress. Carnelian helps expecting mothers by protecting against negative emotions and reviving self-esteem during trying times. It connects strongly with the solar plexus, and is best worn as a necklace, as this allows it to connect directly to the the third chakra.

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4. Chrysocolla

Chrysocolla is best for women who above all desire peace and empowerment. This greenish-blue Water stone connects with the heart chakra, and is excellent for more empathic, sensitive souls, who are prone to anxiety or fear-based worry. Chrysocolla connects with and celebrates the feminine power within, and brings peace and serenity during times of constant flux when the future is uncertain. It relaxes the mind and is said to ease childbirth. When worn or held, this lovely stone emits peace and quiet strength, reminding its recipient of the ancient power she possesses as her birthright.

5. Larimar

Larimar is best for women who above all desire soothing and motivation. This is a rare stone made up of both Fire and Water elements — dichotomous elements that typically cancel each other out. Because of this strong duality, Larimar is a unique and potent stone for expecting mothers, as it promotes a powerful blend of water-like serenity and fire-based determination.

Larimar brings confidence and peace, allowing a woman to feel confident of her own strength, and to relax. It soothes hot tempers and aids in communication. Larimar is also excellent throughout the pregnancy, as well as post-partum. It has been used to alleviate post-partum depression, and also relieves stress, high blood pressure, and other excessive Fire element ailments, such as flu, fever, and sore throat. It is best when worn around the throat, as Larimar connects solely with the throat chakra.

6. Malachite

Malachite is best for women who above all desire protection from negative energies and a healed heart. This green and white Fire stone serves as a powerful cleanser for hurtful emotions and past trauma. It is ideal for cutting through pain and fog to make conscious, clear-headed choices. It also enhances leadership through a strong yang energy. Malachite supports fast healing and reduces inflammation and pain. It is most commonly used holistically to ease ailments of the stomach. In jewelry, it combines well with Tiger’s Eye to enhance its physically energetic and protective qualities.

7. Peridot

Peridot is best for women who above all desire a sense of well-being and prosperity. This stone has been described by Robert Simmons as “little green nuggets of positive power.” It invokes warmth, like sunshine soaking into your soul, and creates a calm landscape of love and will to fulfill the heart’s desire. Peridot honours the universal love of abundance, and allows one to accept success, prosperity, and aid that is offered without guilt. As such, this stone is excellent for women who find it difficult to ask for and accept help in times of need.

8. Quartz Crystal

Quartz Crystal is best for women who above all desire amplification of specific intentions, and healing. Quartz is the most well-known crystal, as it resonates with all chakras, and has the unique characteristic of being programmable to suit individual needs. It works on all energetic levels, and as such, is well suited to healing and prayer. This stone is like a rear-view mirror: whatever is in it will appear larger. This means it can amplify emotions and the energy of other crystals, and encourage clarity of situations.

Quartz is excellent for expecting mothers who have very specific desires for their pregnancy and birth, as it acts as a vessel that can be filled and “programmed” to remember certain environments, intentions, and energies. A simple way to program quartz is by taking it to a peaceful place, holding it in hand, and meditating on one’s intentions. Visualize these desires: how will they look? Where will you be? How will you feel? How will you act? What will happen? Map it all out like a movie in your head. Thoughts have frequency, and these frequencies will transmit to the crystal, so that when it is time to be held again, the intentions set upon it will arise.

9. Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is best for women who above all desire unconditional love and emotional balance. This stone connects very strongly with the heart chakra, allowing one to release stress, pain, and old wounds of mistrust or loss. It is a feminine, soothing stone that above all promotes love, both for others and the self. Because it helps soothe and lift the heart, this stone can be helpful for those who have experienced the tragic loss of a child or partner.

Rose Quartz is humble, yet powerful, and readies one for the full expression of love. It is best when worn on the body throughout pregnancy and labour, and can fill the home with gentle, loving energy when placed around the room. Robert Simmons says that “for one’s meditation or sleeping room, a Rose Quartz in every corner is not overdoing it.” Set your intention for love and acceptance by adorning yourself and your birth space with this gentle stone.

10. Seraphinite

Seraphinite is best for women who above all desire healing. This deep green stone with shimmering white and silver patterns evokes memories of walking through a peaceful forest. Seraphinite’s name comes from the high order of angels “Seraphim,” due to its ability to bring angelic light and high-frequency energy into the body.

What makes this stone so lovely is that it fills not just the body, but the entire aura of the wearer with a gentle yet powerful vibration that reaches not only the wearer, but also those around her, including midwifes, partners, and even that bundle of joy! Seraphinite evokes a calm serenity of wholeness, and is the premier stone of healing in this time, especially known to facilitate cellular regeneration. It is beautiful when held or worn.

When choosing a stone for a specific intention, it’s important to remember that when all is said and done, the gemstone that’s right for you is the one your heart calls to. Look at pictures and listen to your feminine intuition. It’s so much wiser than we give it credit for. The beautiful part about using gemstones as support during momentous occasions is that you don’t have to believe that they are healing or magical, or even more than ornamental. Simply by choosing a stone that resonates with you and dedicating your intention upon it, you can help create the future you desire every time you pick it up.

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The Book of Stones: Who They Are and What They Teach by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian

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Red Team vs. Blue Team | Toxic Tribalism We Must Transcend

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  • The Facts:

    Public discourse is dominated by a dual-based system of categorization and rigid identity. The end-goal of interaction is not to broaden perspective and work together – but to argue and “win” a debate. It is time to transcend this paradigm.

  • Reflect On:

    How can we institute a more open-minded framework whereby public discourse can be influenced by a multi-directional approach to sharing information and viewpoints? The need for a new narrative is upon us – we are all a part of it.

We’ve all experienced it.  You log on to Facebook and scroll through your timeline – and there it is: a fiery argument where insults are flying freely on a subject that charges you.  Though you may aim to steer clear of the sludge and toxicity of social media comment sections – perhaps you decided to lunge into a particular topic that you care deeply about.

Almost inevitably – an argument takes place where emotions reach a crescendo and the “debate” devolves into sophomoric insults where both sides are trying to tear each other’s character down instead of engaging in discourse on the merits of respective viewpoints.

Often, we find ourselves scrambling to score points by reflexively reacting to current events based on agenda and cultural identifiers, (nationality, orientation, race, creed, religion etc..) arguing over semantics, using trigger terms, stereotypes, and gross generalizations to stir the pot of frantic frenzy.  There is a primordial root to this way of interacting with each other.  From the very beginning of our history on this planet, we were thrust into a world where “the others” were viewed as an imminent danger that must be defeated, lest we be invaded and taken over.  In modern times, this tribal notion of “the others” often manifests as an idea, viewpoint, or perspective outside of our own, and it is often perceived as a threat that must be beaten down.

This has come to typify our state of discourse – whether it’s in corporate media, in Congress, on social media, or elsewhere – it has become abundantly clear that we are feeding into endless argumentation that features polarized “sides” of an argument – and there are often only two viewpoints presented as acceptable to latch onto. We anger quickly, posit ourselves in a reflexive defensive posture, and prepare to debate with one another in a way that perpetuates conflict instead of fostering education and cooperation.

The quest to be “right” or to “win” the argument takes precedence over actually listening with an open mind to an alternative viewpoint, robbing us of the opportunity to learn something new, expand our perspective, and integrate new data into our thought process to assist in evolving our consciousness.  Scientists call this motivative reasoning: a phenomenon where our unconscious motivations (beliefs/desires/fears) shape the way we interpret information.  Some ideas resonate with what we identify with – and we want them to win.  Other ideas sound like the “other” side – and we want to denigrate, defeat and banish those ideas out of the discourse.  When we apply this to our world we see how the polarizing power of partisanship and deeply held belief-systems influences our perceptions of the world around us.

“Motivated reasoning theory suggests that reasoning processes (information selection and evaluation, memory encoding, attitude formation, judgment, and decision-making) are influenced by motivations or goals. Motivations are desired end-states that individuals want to achieve. The number of these goals that have been theorized is numerous, but political scientists have focused principally on two broad categories of motivations: accuracy motivations (the desire to be “right” or “correct”) and directional or defensive motivations (the desire to protect or bolster a predetermined attitude or identity).” ~Thomas J. Leeper

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Even when we think we’re being objective/fair-minded – we still can wind up unconsciously arguing for something with mechanical repetition – even when the empirical evidence shows that there is no sound basis for our argument.  We’ve become more adept at crafting and presenting an argument than conducting an actual investigation and critical thinking into the truth of the matter at hand.

But shouldn’t our motivation to find truth be more prominent than our motivation to be “right” or to cherry-pick arguments and articles that reinforce our own views? How can we cut through our prejudices/biases and motivation – and look at data and information as objectively as possible?

Making A Change

Perhaps it begins with shedding overly rigid identities and boxes that have been created for us in order to herd us into predictable boxes.  How often do you find yourself parroting a viewpoint or argument that you feel is aligned with your primary identity?  Perhaps you identify primarily as a Democrat.  If so – should your entire viewpoint be defined by this identifier to where you only agree with policies and/or ideas presented by those on your team (Team Democrat)?  If you identify as a woman – is that all you are?  If you consider yourself a Christian – must your perspective only be aligned with a narrow prescription of popularized Christian “values”?  If you consider yourself part of the “conscious community” – must everything be understood and reasoned through that filter?

This isn’t to say that identity isn’t important.  Expressing a sense of who we are is paramount – but that expression is unnecessarily limited when we aren’t open-minded and don’t allow for a full-spectrum experience. Identity politics is always an ever-evolving realm, and many of us attach more value to certain identifiers than others, be it race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc.. It’s respectful to be supportive of an individual’s universal right to self-identify (or even their right not to identify at all), but it is also helpful to exercise a level of suspicion about the ability of rigid identifiers and social constructs (like race and gender) to accurately portray the multi-dimensional beings that we are.

“There’s a dangerous corrosive side to identity politics, ie: making one’s gender/skin color/religion/sect/sexuality one’s *defining* trait. Between groups this can divide people rather than unite them, promoting rather than reducing group stereotypes, and therefore increasing discrimination.

Within groups this can lend itself to reinforcing a hegemony for those individual members who refuse to conform to what being a member of that group is *meant* to mean, as defined by that community’s internal power structures. This is like the old trope “You can’t be a true Muslim/black man, and be gay”.  ~Maajid Nawaz

Breaking down these constructs and constrictive identifiers will usher in a new framework for discourse.  Currently, major media and news outlets rarely put forth effort in facilitating an open-range discourse, and are capitalizing (and in many instances feeding) the toxic tribalism where only two-view points are presented without any real effort to find intersectionality or genuine exchange. We see the phenomena of “both sides of the same coin” playing itself out again and again as it pertains to a polarized duality of public opinion.   Thus, the vast percentage of the populace are unconsciously bombarded with polarized view-points that unseat their own ability to find the neutral and to explore new thought-forms outside of the limits of dual categorization.

An unknown ‘something’ has taken possession of a smaller or greater portion of the psyche and asserts its hateful and harmful existence undeterred by all our insight, reason, and energy, thereby proclaiming the power of the unconscious over the conscious mind, the sovereign power of possession.”  ~Carl Jung

It would be prudent for all of us to examine whether our own psyches and intellects have been unseated by an unknown, unconscious force. We are now tasked to get back in the driver’s seat of our own consciousness, turn off cruise-control, and navigate our own vehicles.  Just as the fleshly body must be cleansed of parasites and toxins such that they don’t become hosts for worms that weaken the body’s vitality, the mind must go through its own filtration process to clear out intrusions and predictive programming that wane our original core vibrational thought patterns.  Otherwise, we are often just passive receivers of whatever the TV is downloading into our minds.

The Need for Innovative Narrative

So who are the new story-tellers who can create a more progressive narrative of universality?  A narrative where we seek to understand each other by coalescing in multi-sensory empathy and cosmic commonality?  A narrative which rejects that humanity is a simple, basic species that can easily be divided into boxes of artificially devised social constructs.  A narrative which recognizes that we are coming out of an age of spiritual amnesia – and many of our societal problems are related to our universal yearning for meaning, truth, and a desire to be connected, balanced, and whole in our relationship with each other and our selves. The need for a new narrative is upon us – and we each bring a unique gift that is required to comprise the tapestry of our immediate position in this time/space.

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Was Meditation What Kept The Thai Boys Calm While Trapped In The Cave?

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  • The Facts:

    Mindfulness and Buddhist meditation has been proven to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. The boys trapped in the cave were taught this technique and many feel it may have assisted them in staying calm.

  • Reflect On:

    If this practice could help these boys who were literally trapped in a cage, could it be of benefit to those of us who are feeling trapped, emotionally or spiritually?

Recently, 12 Thai boys had been discovered after being trapped in a cave during a heavy monsoon. They all made it out alive and are in good health. One may wonder, how on earth were these boys able to remain calm while in the cave with no knowledge as to whether or not they would be found?

They were reportedly taught a method of Buddhist or mindfulness meditation to assist them with their intensely physical and emotional challenge.

“Look at how calm they were sitting there waiting. No one was crying or anything. It was astonishing,” the mother of one of the boys told the AP, referring to a viral video of the moment the boys were found.

How Did This Come About?

The boys’ coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, had led the boys on a hike into the cave that they had been to before, but sadly due to heavy rains, the cave flooded on June 23, trapping the boys inside. Thankfully, Ekapol had been trained in the practice of meditation while he was a Buddhist monk for a decade before becoming a soccer coach. As it turns out this skill was a very good one to have considering the circumstances of their predicament. Multiple news sources reported that he taught the boys, aged 11 to 16 how to meditate in the cave to keep them calm and to preserve their energy through their nearly two-week dilemma.

“He could meditate up to an hour,” Ekapol’s aunt, Tham Chanthawong, told the AP. “It has definitely helped him and probably helps the boys to stay calm.”

Ekapol, 25 went to live in a monastery at the age of 12 after becoming an orphan. The Straights Times reported that he trained to be a monk for 10 years at a monastery in Mae Sai, Thailand, but eventually left to take care of his sick grandmother. After that, he was hired to become the assistant coach of the soccer team, the Wild Boars.

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Keep in mind, these boys had no food and very little water while in the cave.

Did The Meditation Save Them?

There is really no way to know the answer to that question with absolute certainty, however, it must have helped tremendously. Meditation can assist to calm the mind, lower stress and help to connect to the power within. This particular style of Buddhist meditation has been around for thousands of years after the Buddha began teaching it as a tool for achieving a level of clarity, peace of mind and a liberation from suffering. No doubt the boys would have felt some despair while in the cave, but it seems as though the meditation was able to help negate some of those emotions.

From Vox.com:

Though there are few randomized control trials on meditation and mental health, a 2014 meta-analysis by Johns Hopkins researchers for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that meditation, and in particular mindfulness, can have a role in treating depression, anxiety, and pain in adults — as much as medications but with no side effects. Meditation can also, to a lesser degree, reduce the toll of psychological distress, the review found. The research on kids is still fairly preliminary, though more and more schools are implementing mindfulness meditation programs.

How Can This Assist You?

Do you ever feel as though you’re trapped? There are heavy and pressing issues, but you just can’t seem to find a solution, the clarity that’s needed or a way to lessen the burden on your shoulders? If these Thai boys were able to stay calm while being physically trapped through the power of mindfulness meditation, then certainly there may be something here for you, too.

Meditation, in general, may be able to assist you to help you find the clarity and peace that you’ve been longing for, and the best part is — it can be done anywhere, anytime and for free. We have everything we need inside of us, we just have to take the time, to sit down, breathe and listen. To learn the practice of Buddhist or mindfulness meditation specifically, check out, An Introduction To Mindfulness Meditation, or dozens of other articles about the wide array of techniques, guides, and benefits of incorporating meditation into your life.

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When Life Feels Like Too Much

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  • The Facts:

    Sometimes in life, we can become overwhelmed with all that is taking place. Couple this with an increased shift in consciousness taking place, and it can sometimes feel a little 'crazy to get through each day.

  • Reflect On:

    Are you taking time to reflect and understand yourself? How about others? There is no doubt that we are experiencing a great deal of change, the question is are we meeting that change with open arms? Or resisting?

One of the best things about what we do here, I feel at least, is our ability to share personal experiences that others can draw from and share in the feeling of being in this all together. Let’s be honest, if we didn’t have others to share thoughts, feelings and emotions with, we would probably all go nuts in this shift!

I can say this for my fellow team members as well I am sure, we are all going through our own massive shifts and individually are all having a bumpy ride at times. Sometimes, it just gets a little overwhelming and becomes difficult to handle.

When we think of how much of a large-scale shift/change we are experiencing, we begin to realize how much is and will change, physically and mentally, in such a short period of time within our world. It almost seems like everything speeding up, and it’s tough to handle everything at once.

Energy that our bodies have not experienced much of are coming in all the time from the cosmos, and as we make changes within our own personal consciousness.

Mentally we are going from being very stuck and ingrained in our ways and beliefs, to realizing and remembering the truth of our entire existence and it’s purpose. Who we truly are. This truth may not be clear immediately when we are in the thick of challenges, but life is presenting change many ways for us all individually and collectively.

As we experience times of mental confusion or un-ease, we the chance, with awareness and willingness, to break out of some of the ‘stuck states’ many of us find ourselves in. To do this, we must take the time to reflect on what is taking place and our life, and slow things down.

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Uncomfortable?

When the times are uncomfortable and it just seems like it is too much to handle; seeing the world the way it is, watching as we are so disconnected from everything, realizing the differences we have created between one another, feeling like this is just not happening fast enough, and feeling like we cannot help, remember that you are changing – WE are changing.

It is happening very quickly and in many ways all of which may bring up frustration in each and every one of us. Remember to steer clear of creating drama surrounding things that may present, this drama comes from the mind and ego and is not the true self. We can use what the mind and ego has brought up to see what might need to be cleared out within ourselves.

Avoid covering up everything with affirmations and false smiles, this only band-aids the challenges and hides what actually needs to be looked at. Unfortunately, much of the “new age movement” has created some powerful beliefs around band-aiding or spiritual bypassing problems with what we think is “positivity.” Face your problems and your fears, don’t cover them up and pretend its just astral energies. own it, this is how we move forward. This also does not mean we should be reckless and lash out, venting our frustration, it simply means we must take time to be aware, be alone if need be and go easy on ourselves.

Not one of us is alone in this shift, and not one of us will see it pass by without having change take place in our experiences. Feel the knowing that we are collectively in this together, and take note of that when we see what may be presenting in others before we judge them.

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