Archive for February, 2010

What are Affirmations? The Power of Positive Thinking

Affirmations are a way of creating the you you want to be. Simply put it’s using the power of positive thinking to reach a desired goal.  Positive thought plays a huge role in our overall development as people. We’ve all heard the term self fulfilling prophecy. If someone believes they are unlucky then they will be unlucky. Affirmations work much the same way except in a positive manner. Here are a few tips to get you started on your own affirmation.

First things first. An affirmation should be related to a short term obtainable goal like getting promoted or feeling more energized. Lofty goals such as “I want to be a millionaire” really won’t work. 

Next an affirmation should just be a short sentence or two of a couple dozen words. It can be something as simple as “I feel great today.” 

An affirmation needs to be anchored in the present. The goal is to obtain a current mind set. Stating you want to be skinnier in a month is a goal not an affirmation. If the goal is weight loss then the affirmation would be more along the lines of “I make healthy choices when I eat” 

By keeping the affirmation in the now you direct your energy to the present. 

Just thinking up an affirmation isn’t going to do much good. It’s a mantra that needs to be repeated out loud. Actually say the words while visualizing their effects. This will help center the mind and bring concentration to the desired goal. 

Concentrating on an affirmation will help rid your thoughts of negativity. By focusing on the positive you don’t give negative thoughts any place to grow roots and poison your mind.

 Whether you choose to believe in affirmations or not is a purely personal choice. This mind set though has helped millions of people lead positive, happy, light-filled lives

Peridot is a beautiful yellowish green gemstone. Peridot has been valued for thousands of years for its natural beauty. In fact, legend says that some of the jewels Cleopatra wore weren’t emeralds but in fact Peridot.  This gem has a lot of history behind it.

Things to know about Peridot:

The American National Association of jewelers lists Peridot as their official gemstone for the month of August. It’s also used for the 16th wedding anniversary. 

It is the gemstone variety of olivine. In the United States it is most commonly mined in Arizona and New Mexico.  It can be found all over the world though including Norway, The Hawaiian Islands, select islands in the Red Sea, and even in meteorites.

 Peridot is used in many crystal therapy programs to treat the following conditions. 

One of its main uses is to calm nervous energy.  Peridot has a calming effect that can help settle anxious people.

Another benefit of its calming powers is it helps to remove anger. This is a great gemstone for those that are prone to road rage. 

Bad Luck
Peridot is also used to bring a wearer good luck. It’s one of the most favorite gemstones for people headed out to Las Vegas.

Good luck also applies when it comes to love. It’s said that this gem promotes finding love. If you’re hitting a rough patch in your love life it might be worth picking up a Peridot pendant.

If you are prone to sleep issues then Peridot might help. Aiding sleep is another one of its supposed benefits.

 So if you are looking for luck, love or calm then Peridotshould be your gem of choice. Not only does it have great crystal healing properties but it’s a gorgeous semi-precious stone as well. Whatever your reason, Peridot is a great choice for jewelry and healing.

What is Karma? – An Brief Introduction to Karma

We’ve all heard the phrase karma thrown about. People talk about having good karma and bad karma. But exactly what is karma? Well there really are a few different definitions. In its most simple form karma can be thought of as spiritual consequences. This means that good deeds are rewarded and bad deeds are punished. 

In its most basic form karma is just an action. It doesn’t hold spiritual weight in and of itself. Instead it’s the intent of the wielder who determines whether an act is for good or ill. 

The four basic types of Karmic actions are:

  •  The words we speak
  • The thoughts we have
  • The actions we take for ourselves
  • The actions we take for others.

 If you look at these four items its easy to see how any one of them can influence for good or evil. Bad thoughts and speech towards another will often result in animosity towards the speaker of those words.

In more new age thinking Karma is often expressed as a compounding influence known as threefold return. This means that for every deed you do you can expect the same returned to you at 3 times the weight. So good is rewarded with greater good and ill is punished with greater ill. 

Several different religions use Karma in their teachings including:

  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Neo Paganism
  • Sikhism 

The biggest idea that separates Karma from other religions is its practicality. Karma is an assumed consequence. It does not matter whether a person is a believer or has faith in a god. The actions of the individual will be accountable to the individual. 

A few short paragraphs aren’t nearly enough to delve into the different religious and social implications of Karma. Instead it’s meant to be a brief overview.

If you simply remembers that Karma is a matter of cause and effect then you are well on their your to inner peace.

Everything You Need to Know About Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is one of the most ancient of gemstones. It’s been mined for over 6000 years. It’s indigenous to the mid east and is found through out Afghanistan. Its deep blue color has been prized literally for millennia. In fact it was one of the prized gems of the Pharos. If you want to know more about lapis lazuli you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything you need to know about lapis lazuli.

 Region: The most famous Lapis Lazuli is found in Afghanistan in the Badakhshan province. Recently mining has begun in the Andes mountain of Chile. 

Formation: Lapis Lazuli isn’t a true mineral gem stone. Instead it’s actually a vibrant blue rock similar to marble.

 Look: Lapis Lazuli has been called sapphire as well. It’s a brilliant deep blue color with gold and white flecks inside the strata 

Ancient Usage: Lapis Lazuli was used for centuries as part of the burial rights of Egyptians. They would carve an eye shaped amulet out of the material. In fact the gem is even mentioned in The Book of the Dead.

 Spiritual Usage Today: For healing lapis is used to clear up throat and head maladies including the brain and eyes. It is also used to help restore mental balance. Lapis is still heavily used in magical rituals. It represents clarity and psychic abilities. It is also considered an extremely lucky stone to boot.

 So whether you are looking for lapis lazuli for spiritual and magical purposes or solely as a decorative gem stone it makes a great addition to any gem stone collection. The deep azure blue works great as a pendant or a set of earrings. It might not be a bad idea to pick up a set of lapis before heading out on a jaunt to Las Vegas. Whatever your reasons, Lapis Lazuli is just plain gorgeous.

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