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“When you work with stones, inevitably they’re just going to bring things up to the surface and open up these doorways in you and it's really up to you whether you want to go down that path and see what’s in there.” -Christel
This week, the amazing Philly-based crystal resonance therapists Christel Alberez and Nerissa Alberts join the podcast to talk about intuitive crystal healing.
“When crystals call to you, that’s when it’s time to work with them.” - Nerissa
I was lucky to attend their mind-blowing intuitive crystal work workshop at The Reiki School in Philly earlier this year and afterward I was like, I need these humans on my podcast!!
“Our whole premise in working with crystals is to really align with them consciously.” -Christel
On this episode, they share their journeys with crystals and spirituality. They talk about how crystals bring things up to work on with shadow work, how to start to intuitively connect and work and play with your stones, why crystals are powerful healing tools, how they work with crystals in ritual and their daily lives, and more.
I have often felt that my woo-woo (spiritual) and activist sides are two completely different parts of myself. Two different aspects of my personality, not integrated.
Allowing my woo-woo side to take over at the expense of my activism has never felt right, especially in the current world and political climate that we live in.
I can’t be all love and light, all good vibes and manifestation, with no substance...and neither can you.
I’m passionate about meditating on a peaceful world, bettering myself to better the collective, and sharing spiritual healing tools with people who need them.
But those practices seem awfully empty when they’re not combined with concrete, in-this-world action like protesting. Calling representatives. Feeding the hungry. Making calls. Voting. Donating. Using your social platforms, your dollars, everything you have to do the most good and least harm.
Here’s the thing: spiritual practices are about co-creating with the Universe. Meditating on collective healing and calling my representatives. Donating and clearing my own karmic shit to be the clearest possible vessel for change.
It matters how we show up in the world and how we show up in our activism. We get to decide what matters to us and then we have to follow through on those promises. The ends do not justify the means.
I believe the world needs us as activists, to show up as spiritual beings...and that the world needs us as spiritual beings, to show up as activists.
It is clear that the current ways of activism in the world don’t work. Instead they bring us polarity. Division. Separation. The need to assure ourselves that we are right and others are wrong.
It’s not working. Our world is hurting.
What I have come to understand is that your spiritual practice is your activism, and your activism is your spiritual practice. They are not separate; they are one. They just need to be combined.
Throughout the book, I invite you to think about these questions, inspired by the amazing spiritual teacher, Jillian Turecki:
How do I want to feel?
How do I want people to feel around me?
What will I do to feel the way I want to feel?
What will I do to help people feel the way I want them to feel around me?
For me, I want to feel inspired, curious, open, peaceful, connected, present, and free.
What do I want people to feel around me? Inspired. Curious. Open. Peaceful. Connected. Present. Free.
The answers are the same, because when I think about them in the context of my activism, they don’t change.
Let’s create change in a way that makes us feel the way we want to feel, and that makes other people feel that same way. That is activism from a place of healing.
The principles shared in the book will help you do just that. They will help you discover what you can do to feel the way you want in your activism, and what you can do to help people feel the same way.
My reiki teacher once told me that when we give reiki, we receive reiki. As such, what we give, we receive. What we teach, we learn. What we give to the world, we give to ourselves. As within, so without.
That’s why a one-sided approach to creating change, whether it’s a spiritual one or an activist one, has never felt right to me, and I believe that’s not the way real, sustainable change can be created.
If you have been stuck in a one-sided approach, I feel you. It’s easy to laugh at Trump memes of him looking like a Cheeto, pile onto the bandwagon of people saying nasty things about other people, and feel righteous about your beliefs.
But what I want to share with you in this book is that it is always possible to begin again by doing the things that are aligned with the truest, deepest parts of you.
This book is based on the principles of non-judgment and love, which I’ll explain in the next few sections. It walks you through each of the yamas and niyamas, an important part of yoga philosophy. This will bring you back to love and non-judgment, and integrate your activist and spiritual sides for real alignment with who you truly are.
These principles can be applied to anything from leafleting or phone banking, to conversations with your family on Christmas, to dealing with that person from high school who always comments something about loving meat and guns on your Facebook articles.
This book uses a variety of healing tools, including tarot, journaling, meditation, tapping, ritual, and mantra to help you work through each of these principles.
These tools, which I explain more in the book, aren’t just here for us to use to get a lot of likes on Instagram. They’re here for us as medicine. To help us go deep in order to heal ourselves and to heal the world. Let’s use them.
However you practice activism, the world needs you to show up as your highest self for it.
In that spirit, I'll leave you with a mantra: Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. May all beings be happy and free, and may our thoughts, words, and actions contribute to that happiness and freedom.
“The wheel is always turning…it’s almost like we just follow this path and we have to trust that things are happening as they’re meant to happen and just extract the lessons.”
Krystal has always been an artist. She loved art as a kid but like so many of us, she was taught that art wasn’t a career. So at some point as she grew up she brushed it aside and connected with her more logical side, becoming an engineer.
“Art was always this thing that came back. It always came back in my life.”
She came back to art, and everything changed when she discovered digital art. It became an avenue for her to be able to travel (which she did a lot for her job) and still be creative.
“To be able to appreciate and see diversity I think is the ability to appreciate the world we live in and be able to interact a lot more freely in the world we live in.”
One thing led to another and once she discovered tarot, she was hooked. The only problem was that the imagery was antiquated and she couldn’t find a deck that looked like her and her modern life (aka we're not riding chariots anymore, people).
“I started buying all these decks and I realized there was no one that looks like me….I can’t really see myself in it. Like I can see myself in the experiences, but on these cards…you see all these people that don’t look like you and it’s like wow it doesn’t really represent me.”
So she decided to create it, and Kaleidadope Tarot was born.
“I think the Universe will put us in situations consistently until we learn our lessons.”
In this episode, we talk about…
- The beauty of the fool's journey and the spiralic nature of the tarot
- How art can be elitist and inaccessible
- How tarot and creating a tarot deck changed her life
- Her inspiration behind Kaleidadope Tarot
- The surprising first card she designed
- Inclusivity and accessibility in tarot
- How to overcome fear especially as an artist
- The importance of surrendering to the path, and more.
“It was almost like the universe was saying, do this because this is what you can add. This is your gift. This is something that is necessary. It was almost like a responsibility.”
“If we don’t start by standing up in our own homes, in our own relationships, in our own communities, by choosing community by choosing love over fear over money over capitalism. If we don’t do that in our own lives, then the planet won’t shift on a greater whole. And if you think about the feminine energy, feminine energy is the creator and destroyer, is the mother, is the huntress, like there are so many different archetypes within feminine energy and so we’re not talking about just all “love and light.””
Alexandra Roxo is the leader of Moon Club, a mentor, a storyteller, a healer, and a speaker. If you don't know who she is already, I'm so excited that I get to introduce her to you!
“You see that your whole life is your journey. That every moment, everything you do, is your path. And your spirit and your spiritual journey is inextricably linked to EVERYTHING. You cannot compartmentalize your spirituality…you cannot remove your spirit. It’s like removing your essence from everything you do.”
A lot of things have changed for Alexandra since she was a 19-year old feminist baby witch in New York straight out of Georgia, but one thing hasn't: her mission to help women come home to themselves and align them with their power.
Over the years, she has told women's stories through photographs and film, asking: where is the feminine in the world? Where is the feminine in spirituality, and religion, and government?
She started meditating when she was 19, and as she began to study yoga and Hindu/Vedic traditions, she continued to ask: where in spirituality are the women?
So she started to explore paganism and witchcraft, and returned to Earth-based and Goddess spirituality. She dove into Goddess traditions, got Motherpeace tarot cards, and explored why the feminine had been cut out of spirituality, and why women's voices and sexualities had been curated and suppressed and oppressed around the world for many years.
One of my favorite parts of this conversation is when she shares her thoughts on expansion and openness. She talks about the importance of doing your own deep healing work, both for yourself and to heal the world, and says that your joy only goes as deep as your sorrow has gone. Your sorrow carves the well for your joy.
“If you haven’t felt the depth of your sorrow, you cannot feel the height of ecstasy. And most people are unwilling to feel the depth of their sorrow and therefore will not feel the height of their ecstasy.”
Ugh. So good!!
In this episode, Alexandra talks about...
- Returning to feminine energy
- Her vision for a collective shift from "me" to "we"
- How to love bigger than fear
- Creating more pleasure in your life
- How to be constantly expanding and opening
- Seeing your whole life as your journey
- Carving the well for your joy
- Bringing magic and ritual into your day every day
- The power of living with the moon, and more.
“Let’s not wait until we retire to have fun. Let’s really make sure that every moment we are really breathing and stopping and pausing and we’re tasting our food and we’re listening to music and we’re opening our hearts and we’re crying and we’re connecting. And then when we’re not, that we take a moment and we pause and we say, ‘wow, where I am not really connecting? Where am I becoming a bit of a numbed out zombie?”
Listen to this episode to get inspired to expand, move beyond fear, do deep work on yourself, and heal yourself to heal the world.
“The minute that you go all the way into the depth of your own pain, and your family’s pain, and that suffering and you’re not afraid of it and you look at it and feel it then all of a sudden you can understand the world better.”
Listen on iTunes, Spotify (just search Living Open), or above on SoundCloud. If you love this episode, check out Alexandra's website, Moon Club, and Instagram, and rate and review Living Open on iTunes!
“It’s GOOD. You were born with this power. It’s in you. It is not evil. It is all about your intention.”
This episode with Allison Norman, the founder of Ritual in a Jar, is so much FUN. If you love ritual and magic and hate the patriarchy, then this is the episode for you.
“You’ve done the work and you’ve done all the things you can logically do in this physical dimension. But there’s energy that can also be worked with….and I think it’s just really beautiful and it’s a way women can find their power that has been stamped out by the patriarchy.”
Allison was born and raised in Houston, TX surrounded by Christian Baptists (which I can definitely relate to) and started to doing seances at church camp. She was always drawn to spellwork and magic, and started getting much more into it when she went to college in New Orleans.
“Why would [earth magic] be bad? We live on the earth!”
In this episode, we talk about:
- The role of patriarchy in magic, witchcraft, and yoga
- How to use magic to connect to your power
- Why ritual is so important
- How she uses ritual to anchor her
- Creating Ritual in a Jar
- How she connects with her inner guidance
- How her magic influences how she does business
- The importance of self-care, and more!
“People are hungry for something other than what’s being offered. They want to access their own power."
“Allow yourself to fully immerse into what you really actually care about.”
In this episode, I talk with modern money witch Lara Rose Duong on weaving spirituality with money honey, using ritual for abundance, and the energetics of money.
“For me, money is a form of energy. It’s a form of love. It nourishes my life, it nourishes the people around me, and it creates a lot of amazing opportunities in my life so how I weave it into my spirituality is that I am not afraid to put money on my altar. Physically and mentally.”
Lara worked in corporate finance for a long time, but her mystical side was always there since childhood. She incorporated her spiritual practices into money for herself and her clients behind-the-scenes in her corporate life, but today she is fully out of the witchy closet and helps her clients manifest the abundance they desire as the Modern Money Witch.
She has found that people, including her clients, are terrified of talking about money, and we love to talk about in terms of lack. As in, "I can't afford that," "I'm so broke," "I don't have any money," etc.
“The more we give love into the world the more that money honey comes back into our lives in different ways…we get nourished on so many different levels.”
In this episode, we talk about...
What weaving spirituality with money looks like for her and for others
The energetics of money and why it's easier to talk about lack than abundance
Her own limiting beliefs with money she’s moved through
How to identify your I Am desires to create the life you want
How to connect to your intuition to figure out what you really want, and to create abundance rituals based on what resonates with you
How to flip the money script by changing how you think about "income" and "expenses"
What being a witch means to her
Giving money value and purpose in life
Voting with your money for your "I Am" desires
How what breaks your heart is often your biggest teacher
The important question she invites you to ask when it comes to money, and so much more!