For this edition of going live with Heather Askinosie, we opened the floor to questions from our audience of followers. As usual, our tribe of crystal lovers impressed us with their insightful questions on manifestation, crystals for beginners, rituals for new moms and, of course, Heather’s recently released book, Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune In to the Real You. Watch the full video to hear the answers to more questions, and to listen to Heather Askinosie recite a prayer that she received from Bobby Lake-Thom (aka Medicine Grizzly Bear).
Q: What’s your favorite crystal?
That’s kind of like asking, “Who’s your favorite friend?” It’s too hard! My favorite crystal is constantly changing depending on what I’m going through, and which energy I’m attracted to most at that time. I can tell you that I’m currently loving Labradorite and Spectrolite. I love that it has all of these beams of light and a dark backdrop within the same stone, because it reminds me to embrace both the light and dark energies of myself. It symbolizes loving myself as a whole, and that’s what I need right now.
Q: What makes this different from other crystal books?
I wanted to write a crystal healing book that I’d never seen on the market. Just the visual aspect alone—the pictures can be felt, they’re breathtaking and they have a story to tell. The other thing that’s different about this book is that, when I was first learning about crystals, mysticism and healing, everything was shared to me through stories. That’s what Timmi and I wanted to recreate with this book. We wanted to share authentic stories.
These are the rituals that helped us to get pregnant, these are the rituals that helped us to get out of debt, these are the rituals that helped us to heal. It’s kind of like a diary where we’re vulnerable, and we talk about the good parts of life as well as the darker parts. We wanted to tell our personal truths. So there’s a lot of storytelling, there’s a lot of beautiful pictures and then there’s a lot of calls to action. You’ll have to ask yourself, “What can I do in 11 minutes, each day, to change my life?” The crystals can’t change your life. Only you can change your life. Crystals are tools that can help you to shift your energy and mindset, but you have to invest the time and commitment to doing the work. The biggest takeaway that I hope you get from this book is that consistency is the secret. If you take these rituals, and commit to doing them for 11, 21 or 40 days, that’s how you get results. These are formulas that have worked for us, and you’re welcome to add to them or modify them as you feel necessary, but the important aspect is to work them into your life consistently.
Ask the Muse, a Live Q&A with Heather Askinosie
Q: Is this book good for people who are new to crystals?
Absolutely! This is a great book for beginners. My daughter is in 5th grade, and I hope that she can use this book with all of her friends. It doesn’t matter your experience level with crystals or where you’re at in life, because this book covers so much that there really is something for everyone. It will get you started with all of the basic information you need, and help you to apply it to situations that you may be dealing with. So even someone who has been on this journey with crystals for years, is going to learn a lot of juicy new tips for how to use your crystals. In life, everybody can have the same information, and do something else with it. Everyone, regardless of whether they are new to crystals or not, will have a different take away from this book.
Q: What are your favorite crystals for manifestation?
I love the selenite harmonizer rods. When I meditate, I find it very easy to go up. So I like the selenite rods to hold onto because they allow me to elevate my spirit, while remaining grounded in my intention. The purity of selenite energy helps us to manifest whatever we want from a state of neutrality. Selenite brings us to connect with the earth, with something greater than ourselves and with our soul, so that we can discover our true intentions and will them toward us.
Q: What is the best crystal for a newbie?
The best crystal for a newbie is whatever crystal they feel drawn to most. Go into a crystal store, or go onto our website to take the crystal test, and just trust your intuition. That’s what crystals are all about. You have to learn to trust yourself. Get out of your head, and listen to what you feel. When you are tuned into how you feel, you will know which crystal is right for you.
Q: What advice would you give a new mom that rarely has time to do a “full ritual” anymore? Any quick tips?
When I was a new mom, my go-to mineral was Hematite, because it helps you to get grounded. As a new mom, you’re just hoping you can get some sleep, and if you get to take a shower, then you’re really excited. So much of your attention is focused on the baby, and, if you’re breastfeeding, doing that, that you enter this kind of daze. Holding or wearing hematite is a great crystal for new moms because it helps you to stay in your body, rather than in that daze, so you can be completely connected to and nurturing your baby.
Your ritual as a new mom is just for you to stay completely present, so that you can have enough energy to nourish yourself and your baby. We have a ritual in book called the New Beginnings ritual that is very easy practical for new moms, and is all about setting the intention to stay emotionally grounded and establish a solid bond between mother and child. Check that out when you have a spare moment, not that you are going to have very many of those!
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