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The Delicate Art of Supporting Others and Ourselves by Michael Edward Bradford

How many times in your life have you felt excited about something you’ve seen, heard, done or were planning to do, yet when you shared it with someone, their comments felt as if a bucket of ice water was dumped on your head? How many times have you felt all of your joy, happiness, excitement and enthusiasm destroyed?

At the other extreme, how many times have you felt frustrated, exhausted and ready to give up, when someone gifted you with a smile, a caring hug and words of encouragement that totally lifted your spirit? Looking back over your life, remember the people who, with a few kind, caring, encouraging words made your heart sing? Do you remember how positive, re-energized and re-committed you became? Those are the friends to keep around.

As humans, we are sensitive and often oversensitive. At the same time, we have a tendency to be critical of others and especially of ourselves. Regardless of whether we are talking to children, young adults, adults, parents, partners, work colleagues or even to ourselves, the way we communicate and share – and respond – can have a huge effect on the outcome of our – and their – health, sanity, projects and relationships.

Kindness, caring and compassion cost so little to give, and yet often has a huge impact on the person we are interacting with. So rather than criticize, look for the good in people. Take time to compliment a person. Be sensitive to what others are feeling and may be going through and ALWAYS see their magnificence, their divine soul essence.

Although this article is focused on how we communicate with others, it also pertains to how we treat and communicate with ourselves. Often there seems to be an “unkind” voice within us that puts us down, criticizes us and points out even our most minute imperfection. That voice is the wounded (disowned) part of our self that is crying out, begging for healing and acceptance.

The kinder, caring, compassionate and more loving we become – to ourselves as well as to others – the faster we will heal, learn, change, grow and evolve into the magnificent perfectly-imperfect human being we already are.

Isn’t today a great time to start?

Crystals and Wealth

Pick your selection based on what kind of wealth support you want.

Amber
It helps you to accept change and follow your dreams. It opens up the crown chakra and helps access to ancient wisdom. It purifies the heart and spirit. It aids in the making of correct choices. It is excellent at removing self-created obstacles in life. It transmutes negative into positive energy. It imparts a positive attitude fueled by self-confidence. And so you can see, why is said that amber when used properly, helps to add stability to your life. Powerful stone that makes the body heal itself. Powerful stone for good luck as well as protection.

Aventurine
A power stone: excellent for attracting abundance & wealth. Assists in identifying opportunities and has general abundance energies. Known as the stone of chance or luck.

Bloodstone
In addition to instilling courage, bloodstone is an intense healing stone, balancing the base, navel, sacral, and heart chakras. Helps one see the benefit and patterns of change, and to recognize the benefit of “turmoil prior to perfection”. One must sometimes break down a pattern of old behavior before it can be rebuilt in a healthier way. (=green JASPER dotted with bright red spots of iron oxide)

Calcite
Thought to double the intention of its wearer, i.e., it serves as a psychic amplifier.
Magical crystal that is said to double existing power, strength, health, prosperity, and good fortune. It’s often called ‘the wish stone’. Also enhances intellect.

Cat’s Eye
For wealth and confidence.
associated with power in the face of adversity and the ability — like a cat — to cultivate the instinct of self-preservation during adversity

Chrysoprase
Thought to bring good fortune and prosperity.

Citrine
Citrine is commonly referred to as the merchant’s stone and used to be placed inside cash registers to usher in prosperity. Helps you to keep money once you get it. The stone of success.

Emerald
The Emerald is the Queen of the Heart with deep connections to Gaia (the spirit of the Earth) and several of the Archangels. They tend to grow as small stones, but for their small size, they have extraordinary energies. Emerald personifies the luxury and opulence of the Earth.

Peridot
Visionary stone, brings understanding of destiny & life purpose. Also a money stone: wear it to draw money and opportunity to you. Keep this stone in your cash register too. Don’t overdo it with any kind of lime stone (such as this one), as too much lime causes imbalance.
(Peridot is gem quality of green olivine)

Green Tourmaline
General: Tourmaline is stone of success in all endeavors.
Green Tourmaline: Creativity, prosperity, abundance, compassion. Represents life energy and life force. Excellent for people who work with herbs for healing. Enhances cooperation and healing, especially good at relieving chronic exhaustion, attracting abundance, and expressing creativity.

Jade
Jade has long been revered as a stone of prosperity, wealth, health, happiness, and joy. It is the all around “having a great life” stone, but also has deep connections with heart energies and that of Buddha and Kwan Yin.

Jet
Powerful protector stone. Protect finances.

Malachite
An Abundance stone. With its equalizing and balancing vibrations, it can create an unobstructed path leading to a desired goal. Stone of transformation. Excellent stone for identifying, recognizing and releasing negative experiences, especially one that you cannot recall.

Moss Agate
Ancient belief to make warriors strong and victorious.
Also: draws new friends. Relieves exhaustion. Balances emotions. Gives feeling of freedom, expansion, and space, like a walk in nature. Some mention it as useful in locating hidden “treasure” and for money spells.

Mother of Pearl
Attracts prosperity. protective stone. heightens intuition, psychic sensitivity, and imagination. Sea shells were once used as money in many parts of the world, including Polynesia. Because of this, mother of pearl is often associated with money and riches and talismans to bring wealth are sometimes made with this gemstone.

Opal
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances memory. Opal is also a very spiritual stone, and can help one be “invisible” in situations where they don’t care to be noticed. Opal brings happy dreams. It also eases the process of change.

Pearl
Black and gold are good for prosperity.

Pyrite/Marcasite
Pyrite holds the energies of the Golden Sun within it. It makes wonderful center stone in this grid because the cluster like pieces of Pyrite bounce the energy in such a happy way around the room.

Ruby
Stone of wise choices and noble decisions. Particularly good for helping to make wise financial decisions. The power of ruby is in its encouragement to follow your bliss and to realize your dreams, helping you to change your world.

Tiger Eye
Stone of self-discipline, qualities of the tiger: patient, focused, determined, alert, with perfect timing and slow, deliberate actions. Excellent grounding stone! If you need to make some changes in your life, this is the stone for you!
This stone is best suited to earthy people. It has been used to stimulate wealth and abundance, and to enhance the stability required to maintain wealth and keep it without sub coming to wealth’s “earthly temptations” of greed and abuse of power.

Topaz
Stone of success in all endeavors; inspire and assist in “Lighting the divine light of imagination”. Topaz acts as a catalytic trigger, and activates the laws of attraction and manifestation of your desires. It helps you to have faith in the universes desire to help you, prompting receptivity and willingness to act. It helps one to creatively change ones personal world. Silver enhances the effects of topaz, acting as an additional conductor for topazes energy. Topaz is particularly powerful when combined with Amethyst.

Turquoise
Power stone of truth, to be honest with yourself and to walk your talk. Helps analytical thinking and communication. Opens the heart chakra for giving and receiving. Absorbs negativity. Great grounding stone.