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LIGHTEN + BRIGHTEN YOUR LOAD

by Guest Author Tina Falk, Professional Feng Shui Educator and Chinese Astrologer

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“There’s a luggage limit to every passenger on a flight. The same rules apply to your life. You must eliminate some baggage before you can fly.”  ~Rosalind Johnson

The thought of going through old baggage is enough to send anyone running for the hills. Does the old musty smell of the unknown take your breath away, set your heart in panic mode forcing you to promise that you’ll get to it another day? 

Whether it’s old beliefs, ideals, traditions, values, work ethic, religious or political perspectives, even those things we don’t dare talk about out loud—who’s to say if you venture into the past (which is often very present indeed) you won’t come across some real gems! Why do we immediately go to the negative? Why do we have to see it as “bad”? Maybe that box of stuff is needing to see the light, get dusted off and gain a fresh perspective from some lessons learned and experiences shared.

As a mother and hopefully someday a grandmother, I hope the children that come after me reap the benefits of some of the turmoil, trauma and unease I’ve experienced. Do I want them to put on my shoes and walk in them? Hell no! But I definitely want the wisdom and inspiration that I’ve gained to be passed along through the bloodlines. Wouldn’t you think your tribe, your ancestors, would want the same for you?

I was in Denver, a special trip to see Abraham-Hicks. As soon as Esther walked into the room and 800 audience members leaped to their feet to hoot and holler for their presence, I looked at my friend and said, “I’m already crying!!”

I knew Abraham was going to deliver some tough talk. Some deep concepts that really invite us to get real with ourselves, but man, when you’re in a supportive judgment-free environment like that—a room filled with light—it’s the quickest way to elevate your awareness and appreciation for all that is.

What IS in that old box or suitcase of generations past? Could there be valuable insights to give us hope and present contrasting ideals that assist us in getting real clear on what we truly desire in our lives? Maybe the suitcase is empty or you’ve just been holding onto stuff out of obligation or better yet…for no reason at all!

Most of our ancestors weren’t necessarily on the leading edge of thought, thinking they had any real choices in life. They did what they had to do to survive and thrive. We are conscious co-creators, and if you’re even reading this you know YOU ARE. There’s no excuse. No more living by default

WE ARE the transitional generation that gets to come in and clean up that old musty stuff. We can honor those who have come before us by not holding onto some of the mistakes they’ve made. See it for what it is and with discernment and love decide if it’s a belief or value worth passing along to the next generation.

As a feng shui practitioner, I am often asked, what can I do to bring in more money, or find a partner, or get that perfect job? —you know the questions. The first thing I tell them to do is declutter. 

Getting rid of those things that no longer serve you, will free up space for new opportunities and expansion. It really gets the ball rolling and most are pleasantly surprised at what follows.

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You can connect with Tina on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/viafengshui/) or at www.fengshuivia.me.

I am Tina Falk, a Chinese Metaphysician and Astrologer. I’ve been practicing this way of life since 2005. My goal is to provide a professional and intuitive perspective to enhance your awareness and appreciation of Self and Space. My role is to bring you into a place of being in gratitude, creating conscious intentions, taking action and believing in your own power. This will propel you into a more meaningful and purposeful life. I am a classically trained feng shui practitioner who also incorporates Landform and BTB principles. And to me, the most exciting aspect is integration of your 4 Pillar Chinese astrology charts. My approach allows me to personalize your whole feng shui experience! I can make recommendations that are specific to you, and each member of your family or business team. Everyone deserves that personal attention. Overall, I am here to support — sometimes with a firm stance, but always with love and empathy — and to inspire a new way in which you see the world and your place in it. Feng shui has enriched my life by revealing everything from the insanely obvious to the subtlest of energy in our surroundings. We are sensitive beings and when we can connect and create a sacred relationship with ourselves, our space and others…damn, life gets exciting and motivating! Feng Shui has been a true gift to me . . . and my family. I intend for it to be the same for you.

All opinions expressed in this article are the sole perception/experience of the writer, and may not necessarily be shared by Michelle Lewis – The Blessings Butterfly. All Rights Reserved.

Manifesting With the October Full Moon

Michelle Lewis, The Blessings Butterfly

October Full Hunter Moon

The first full moon of the Fall is known as the Hunter Moon. It is also sometimes called the Blood Moon, not because of a lunar eclipse but because this moon rises before the sun has fully set… casting a reddish hue on Lady Luna as she rises into the evening sky. 

You may have felt another surge of energy happening around you, if not within you, due to the collective energetic pushes around the world. The uprisings, the revolutions, the intense power-struggles are A LOT so if you’re feeling affected, please take all the quiet moments that you can for rest.

If you are able to get away for a day or 2, make. it. happen. Do something fun and light and creative. Be sure to put up your protective wards for your home before you go, and bubble yourself up energetically.

We will be able to experience the full moon energy this weekend from Saturday October 8-Tuesday October 11. Astrologically speaking, the moon is moving from the pensive & deep sign of Pisces, into the fiery LFG energy of Aries and finishing up in headstrong Taurus during this 4-day phase, while the Sun remains in beautiful, balanced Libra through October 22.

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Manifest It!

This is an especially powerful Full Moon for doing your manifesting work. It’s the last Full Moon before the second “eclipse season” of 2022, which kicks off on October 25 with a partial solar eclipse. The final eclipse of 2022 will be a total lunar eclipse November 7-8. So what does this mean? Eclipses symbolize periods of dramatic change & transformation, so use this time to plan out what you want to change & transform. Visualize, spellcast, and call it in.

The overall theme associated with this moon is Abundance. Hallelujah & Yes, Please. So the thing with Abundance is that it is so much more than *just* mindset. It is recognizing that there is more than enough for all. It is embracing what is yours without shame or resistance. It is recalling and embodying the energy of Abundance with all of your senses.

We know from experience that times of abundance tend to ebb and flow, that is why we are keen to celebrate it while it is present. Feast now, and also prepare for the leaner times ahead. It’s all a cycle, just like our monthly lunations show us over and over again.

Each Full Moon invites us to celebrate the work we’ve done and how far we’ve come. As you know I am a big fan of celebrating all the wins, big and small, along the way. During your own times of reflection this week, take stock of how crazy-far you’ve come this year. Babe, you’ve already got 10 months worth of Wins this year… big & small! Every single one of them counts and has brought you to this most amazing version of You.

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10 Full Moon Activities For Witchy Folk

  • Make an effort to purify your work space, magick space, pleasure space, and sleep space this week.
  • Notice where the energy feels “off”, stuffy, or stagnant and cleanse it with incense, sound, or a blast of fresh air. 
  • Soak your body in a large tub of warm water, surrounded by candlelight & flowers
  • Give your magickal tools/crystals a refreshing moonlight “bath” outside or on a windowsill (no water required!)
  • Make a new batch of full moon water by filling a large jar with fresh water and placing it out under the moonlight.
  • Dance, Move Your Body, Celebrate!
  • Gather with other practitioners & magickal folk as you are able
  • Place 7 silver coins in a bowl of water & leave it outside in the moonlight to attract money
  • Get a tarot or oracle card reading
  • Call in Love! Burn a red candle with your name etched into it. For extra oomph, dress the candle in dried crushed rose petals.

Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly

Astrology for Introspection: Find your own patterns and make your own meaning

By Montine Rummel, Guest Author

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I am loving the cultural renaissance astrology seems to be having these last few years. Discussions of planetary positions has moved from being observations my friends in the occult world make to fine tune their craft, to seemingly everyone on social media having a hot take about the aspect du jour.

Sadly, it doesn’t come without some pitfalls, like capitalism exploiting this popularity and slapping zodiac signs on anything to cash in, and the increase of wrong and misleading things being shared. Despite this, I’m loving the access people have to these ancient observations to help them make meaning in their lives,and I’m doing so while drinking from my Scorpio coffee mug. Editor’s Note/Shameless Plug: Check out these fun zodiac-themed mugs!

Paying attention to astrology gives us a feeling of control, the feeling of receiving “insider information,” and different perspectives from which we can see people and events around us, to start. But what I see a lot of is people reacting to astrology instead of finding ways to work with its influence proactively.

This is more than looking at important dates in the future and seeing what the planetary influences will be or backing up your phone and laptop before a Mercury retrograde. Because we are all different people with different perspectives experiencing the world in different ways, we can’t always expect to know exactly how a solar eclipse in Scorpio will affect us, for example.

Last year, when I was writing Book of My Shadows for 2022, I remember looking at August and saying, “oof.” The planetary placements for the month made me feel heavy just looking at them. And because I couldn’t help myself, I tried to predict what might happen just for fun. I texted my friend and said that I thought we might go into another lockdown or something similar with all the restrictive energy that it looked like the month was going to have. Looking back at the month now that it’s September, I see that that prediction was wrong in terms of the events that happened (or didn’t happen), but I was right about the energy. I noticed for myself that I was feeling very restricted at work and in my personal life, which was causing my batteries to drain, and my charger seemed to be broken.

Because I was aware of the energy that was in store for August, it made it easier for me find what my challenges were. I took the time I needed on the Virgo new moon to clear out the major blockers that I was seeing and now I feel like I have a clear path forward and I’d love to share my process in case it can help you as well!

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I don’t think I would have known what to do if I didn’t know myself well enough to make all these connections. When I first started seeing a therapist years ago, she had me start using a mood tracking app to help me notice what I was feeling when I was feeling, and then putting together the patterns to learn about my triggers. I’m a person who loves introspection anyway, so it was easy for me to approach the tracking with curiosity and without judgement. Over time, I became more aware of my moods and triggers in the physical world.

After I had a year’s worth of data, I was able to see different cycles, mostly mundane, but when compared to astrology charts of the year, some metaphysical patterns emerged as well! I noticed that the full moon’s intensity doesn’t typically affect me, but wow do I always seem to fall in sync with finishing up something before a new moon and starting something new! So, while many people make full moon rituals one of the most important of their month, I focus on new moons where my energy seems more in sync.

How To Make Astrology More Personal

Step One for figuring out how to do this for yourself is to find a way to track your moods that you are excited to form a habit around. This can be bullet journaling or finding a mood-tracking app. I like going the app route because the set-up work is already done, and it can help me pull insights together easier than pen and paper. There are apps that ask you how you feel for the whole day, some will ask you multiple times a day. Some will allow you to add notes or tags so you can record things like your current health, location, and anything else that’s going on around you. What’s important is that you find something you will continue to use.

After you have at least a few months of data, Step Two is to compare those months to what was going on astrologically. The easiest way to do that might be seeing where the new and full moons fell alongside your moods and other things you tracked. Notice any patterns. (Editor’s Note: A good free app to try is My Moon Phase)

Pick the astrological influence you feel might be the strongest for you. I picked moon phases, but you could look at retrogrades, aspects, planets as they move through signs, anything really. I would look at one astrological event at a time until you get a feel for how it affects you otherwise it might feel too overwhelming to separate feelings during a full moon versus a retrograde, versus a conjunction, etc.

Step Three will be looking for these patterns as the next astrological event comes about. There might be some confirmation bias as humans tend to find whatever they are looking for, just try to remain as objective as possible and don’t make judgements. Treat your observations like an ethnographer and remember that this data is information, not fact!

This is quite a bit of work, and it does take time. It’s also more of a tool to help you understand than it will be to predict. I hope this method inspires you to learn more about yourself and how astrology affects you and that it helps you in some way, because it really has helped me!

Montine Rummel (she/they) is an astrologer and writer who likes to explore her own personal growth using these tools. She has been studying astrology since 1994 and began her personal growth journey in 2016 focusing on shadow work and emotional regulation. In 2017 she had the idea to create her own practice to explore her Shadow using the sign the new and full moons were in as a theme. After sharing the idea with some friends who told her that many more people would be interested in following along, Montine began writing Book of My Shadows and turned it into a yearly zine. She sometimes updates her blog, too!

Read More from Montine: Retrograde Retrospective

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All opinions expressed in this article are the sole perception/experience of the writer, and may not necessarily be shared by Michelle Lewis – The Blessings Butterfly. All Rights Reserved.

10 Fun & Festive Ways to Celebrate Fall Equinox

Michelle Lewis, The Blessings Butterfly

Hello Fall! Up here in the Northern Hemisphere we officially welcome in the Fall season with this week’s Autumnal Equinox, on Thursday 9/22. How’s the weather where you are? It’s still hot & sunny in SoCal, though I can finally feel that little hint of crispness in the morning air now.

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Equinox translates from the Latin aequus nox to “equal night” and it is one of the two times each calendar year when there is an equal amount of day & night for both hemispheres… once in the Spring, and once in the Fall. This phenomenon occurs because the Earth’s axis is no longer tilted towards or away from the Sun, so that in that moment the Sun is positioned directly above the equator. (NERD ALERT!)

For many modern witches and neo-pagans, the fall or autumnal equinox coincides with the feast of Mabon. Whether or not you identify as witchy or Wiccan, you may be wondering what are some fun & festive ways to celebrate the Equinox and get the most out of it? Here are my Top 10:

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10 Fun & Festive Ways to Celebrate the Fall Equinox

  • Make a hot cuppa and watch the sun rise. On the 2 annual Equinox days, the Sun rises due East and sets due West- the only times throughout the year when it is this precise.
  • Journal/Morning Pages Today is a perfect day to explore the concepts of equality, balance, harmony, and where they are showing up in your life.
  • Gather with other practitioners & magickal folk as you are able In-person if possible, but any way that you are able to connect is good.
  • Eat Some Apples Have an apple-tasting party, try making an apple-forward recipe, or get ridiculous with an apple-bobbing game (not advised for germaphobes!). Have an altar? Add an apple as an offering.
  • Have a Harvest Feast Whether you can have friends/family get together or prefer a small, intimate gathering, plan for a big delicious potluck or progressive dinner. Eating solo? Treat yourself!
  • Grapes & Wine Enjoy some delicious grapes in whatever forms you prefer (fresh fruits, jam/jelly, juiced or as wine).
  • Watch the Sunset Take the party outside and watch the sunset. Raise your glass to the setting sun and toast the official end of the summer season.
  • Soak your body in a large tub of warm water, surrounded by candlelight & flowers Think about the wonderful memories you’ve created so far
  • Give your magickal tools/crystals a refreshing moonlight “bath” outside or on a windowsill (no water required!) Bless them with the intentions of balance & harmony
  • Dance, Move Your Body, Celebrate! Put on your favorite tunes, beat on some drums, or go see a live performance. If you are a yoga practitioner, try some balance poses in your asana.

How will you celebrate this year? Let me know what your traditions are!

Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly

3 Steps for Manifesting Positive Change

Michelle Lewis – The Blessings Butterfly

We’ve reached the midpoint of August, and we are also in the midst of some incredibly transformational energy that you have access to. It’s not a coincidence!

Having just moved through the hightened energy of the Lion’s Gate Portal and this last full supermoon, we are beginning to see the end of Summer fast approaching. A new season is just around the corner, and with it, a reminder from Nature that life is a series of cycles. Always another ending, always a new beginning.

If you used the Lion’s Gate Portal energy last week to begin manifesting what you truly desire, this is the time to put action into your wishes. Visualize and believe that what you want is available to you, but don’t stop there. Do the work that leads you through transformation. The universe is working in your favor, now do your part!

Now, if you didn’t get around to it last week, that’s okay. Don’t use this as an opportunity to make yourself feel bad for “missing out” on something, okay?

You DO NOT have to wait until specific dates or times before you can begin your manifesting practice. You DO NOT need to have it all figured out first. If you are looking to make some positive changes in your life, the best time to start is the present! Grab your journal and let’s get started! [BTW, this Castelli journal is absolutely gorgeous and certified climate-pledge friendly. Check out the copper Art Deco cover!]

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3 Steps for Manifesting Positive Change

Okay! So you’re ready to start making some positive changes in your life. What’s next? How do you begin manifesting positive change? Here are 3 steps that you can take right now to get started:

  • GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION. It’s wild how so many of us have been conditioned to wait for permission to act. And yet, you don’t need anyone’s permission but your own! This is YOUR life, you are in control here.
  • IMAGINE BETTER. You already know what you DON’T want more of, so now it’s time to consciously shift your thinking into what you DO want. What do you imagine a better version of your life would look & feel like? Write it, say it, or visually create it (use Pinterest or make an old-fashioned vision board). Picture yourself in this better space.
  • GATHER YOUR SQUAD. Whether it is 1 trusted person or a whole community of supporters, we have a 100% greater chance of success when we have people who believe in us. People who want to see us succeed, and are happy for us when we do. Especially when we are trying to make some positive changes in our life- support is needed more than ever!

I look forward to all of the positive changes YOU will begin manifesting! I believe in you and I am cheering you on.

Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly

10 Powerful Mantras for Beating Burnout

By Michelle Lewis – The Blessings Butterfly

How has your Summer been this year? I hope it has been full of Joy, Peace, and so many happy new memories. I also hope you are finding ways to recharge your energy. Keep reading for my top 10 mantras for beating burnout!

For me, this summer has been full of fun activities and connecting with friends every week. I’ve also been vending at local Psychic Fairs, doing in-person oracle and tarot readings in addition to working with my online clients, enjoying lunch dates with old friends, beach days, county fair, and hosting house guests. I love it!

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Listen, I love this Southern California sunshine and long days to hang out on my back patio, take a nature stroll, or work in my garden. Those are some of my key practices for grounding, centering, and clearing my energy. These are non-negotiable for me in order to not veer off into over-commitment and burnout.

Still, even with my non-negotiable self care practices fully in place… I’m tired, y’all.

Like DAMN, let me just take a nap already. Anyone else?

If you can use some leisure time to just BE and not constantly DO, then these next few mantras are perfect. These are the ones I use whenever I’m physically, mentally, or emotionally wiped out. Start with these mantras to get your mindset ready to come back from burnout. Which ones are your favorites? (Mine is the last one, lol)

10 Powerful Mantras for Beating Burnout:

  • I am allowed to rest for as long as I want and need to
  • It’s okay for me to pause
  • It’s okay for me to let someone else handle it today
  • My body wants to rest, and I am happy to give it rest
  • I am taking some time just for myself
  • I will be okay even if I miss out on this experience
  • There is still plenty for me to enjoy when I am ready
  • I am happier and feel better when I get enough rest
  • My friends/family/loved ones understand and support my healing
  • Shhhhhhhhhh
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Whether you can get away for a dreamy 3-week vacation, or if you are able to enjoy a few days (or hours?!) here and there… you deserve a moment to yourself to rest & recharge.

Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly

The Message of Summer & Fire

Michelle Lewis – The Blessings Butterfly

Have you ever wondered why you feel a deeper connection to some seasons, but not others? It may be that the master element for your favorite season is also a master element in your astrological birth chart. To find out what your birth chart contains, get a free report here: Free Astrology Birth Chart Report

Today I want to share the message of Summer & Fire.

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The season of Summer & the element of Fire are closely intertwined, energetically balanced and full of activity. This is well-known among Energy Work Practitioners, especially those with training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Eastern Yoga, and of course witches, shamans, & pagans.

So… how can understanding and embracing Summer and Fire benefit you? Simply put, it can help you improve your health and access your Joy. Yes, even if the master element of Fire doesn’t rule your Sun sign.

Here are the key characteristics associated with the Fire Element:

  • Passion
  • Connection
  • Destruction & Transformation
  • Light & Warmth
  • Movement & Growth
  • Knowledge & Wisdom

The season of Summer belongs to and is ruled by the element of Fire. Taking this a step further, it is said that the element of Fire is ruled by the heart! So… what fires you up? What makes you want to get out of the darkness of isolation, and connect with other like-minded souls? Right now, this Summer- this is the time for you to come out and Shine.

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Whenever you follow those little lights of Passion, they will inevitably lead you to your Joy. If you’ve been waiting for a sign, Honey this is it. It’s time for you to LIVE!

Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly

10 Powerful Mantras for the New Moon

Michelle Lewis – The Blessings Butterfly

One of my favorite teachings that the New Moon has to offer is this: You can always start over. I have found this idea that you can always start over to be a powerful mantra that has helped me to evolve and grow.

At the beginning of each lunar cycle, without fail, is the New Moon phase. It typically only lasts for 2-3 days and signals the start of the moon’s orbit around the Earth. In this phase, the moon is barely visible as she becomes perfectly aligned between Earth and the Sun. Over the next 28ish days, our lovely little moon will complete her dance around our planet, showing us a little bit more of her soft, celestial glow with each passing day.

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During each New Moon phase, the energy is ideal for creating positive change. This might look like: setting fresh new intentions, crafting spells and sigils, refreshing and blessing sacred spaces & magickal tools, planting something, or making a move. To help move forward and embrace the cycles of change, I have developed the practice of creating powerful mantras or positive affirmations with each New Moon. Here are a few powerful mantras that help me get in the most positive frame of mind:

10 Powerful Mantras for the New Moon

  • I am aligned with the Divine Spirit and supported by the Universe
  • My life is unfolding in beautiful ways
  • I invite and welcome Joy, Love, and Prosperity into my life
  • My gifts, talents, dreams, and abilities are needed and useful
  • I am beginning something new and exciting
  • I believe in myself and am willing to trust my intuition
  • This New Moon reminds me that I am not afraid to face my Shadow
  • I am open to receiving all that brings about my highest good
  • I invite and welcome Peace, Gratitude, and Compassion
  • My journey is beautiful, powerful, and taking me where I want to go
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Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly

My Top 5 Favorite Crystals for Magickal Workings

Michelle Lewis – The Blessings Butterfly

I’ve selected my Top 5 favorite crystals that I use personally for my own energy healing and also in my client work. There are so many gorgeous stones to choose from, and I have immense fondness for pretty much all of them. Narrowing it down to only five was a HUGE challenge!

#5- Black Tourmaline is easily in my Top 5 for its wonderfully grounding, protective properties and ability to absorb & transmute negativity (as is true with most black stones). I have a palm stone that has helped me through hundreds of difficult phone calls.

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#4- Labradorite is another gorgeous dark stone that is fantastic to hold. When it catches the light, it flashes the most beautiful rainbows! It is incredible for connecting with the spiritual realm and is considered “the stone of transformation and transition.” Big Fan.

#3- Amethyst is just GORGEOUS with all those luscious shades of purple ranging from deep grape kool-aid to soft lavender hues. It is wonderful for supporting all types of healing, and its vibration aligns beautifully to clear the crown chakra (Sahasrara).

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#2- Rose Quartz comes in hot at number two on my short list. This stone comes in various shades of pink and is magnificent for supporting Self Love and compassion. I often use this for aura brushing and in self-care work.

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#1- Clear Quartz is my BFF of crystals. It is an amplifier that always plays nice with other crystals, and it is so versatile in magickal workings. It promotes feelings of positivity and clarity, and excellent in assisting focus during meditation.

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Which are your favorites? Let me know which ones you have in your collection.

Here’s some shopping links for you if you’re looking to add some crystals and stones to your collection.

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Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly

The Excavation

One of the lessons I am learning since my breast cancer diagnosis back in early March, and through my current chemotherapy treatments, is the value & necessity of deep introspection. It has been a time that has forced my overly active performance based perfectionist ass to SIT. DOWN. Rest. Face my Shit. Dive Deep, and then go deeper still, excavating layers and layers of hurt and suffering and fear, and offering those precious pains of the past on the altar of Love.

It’s in these spaces of intentional, ultra-focused awareness when I experience some of the treasures that I coveted & previously sought out in all the wrong ways; treasures like Peace, Calm, Contentment, Healing, Strength, Resilience, Love, and Joy.

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Such are the treasures that I had tried to find through partying, hookups, addictions, religions, escapism, numbing, avoidance, deflection, discipline, overworking, and high-vibe-only mindset bullshit. All of these were just more ways to punish myself for my perceived failures.

I am doing much less coaching these days in favor of offering my tarot-based Spiritual Clarity Readings, which is work that feels so much more nourishing to me instead of draining. I have made enough space in my practice to allow for serving fewer clients, in order to say Yes to my own need for physical and emotional healing. I have built extra time between clients so that I am serving within my capacity, not beyond it. Even this simple step is the result of some deep digging, and was arrived at by picking apart some residual bits of guilt/shame.

I know that I have come a long way and I celebrate this. I’m grateful for the healing that has taken place, for the goodness that has come forward. I know that the Love, Joy, Calm, Peace, Strength, Resilience, and Contentment that I feel now is beautiful, and that there is still more of it all to welcome in. So I will sit down, and meditate, and learn new things, and unearth more of me to be Loved. This is Healing. This is Transformational/Positivity.

Michelle Lewis (she/her/they) is the creator & founder of The Blessings Butterfly, a holistic coaching & energy healing practice that is teaching people to live a life that they love. She is a writer, speaker, energy witch/healer, and author of the Amazon bestselling positive affirmation books, The Blessings Butterfly and The Blessings Butterfly Having worked hard for decades to overcome severely traumatic events that began in her early childhood and repeated in painful, looping patterns well into her adult life, Michelle is passionate about using her gifts and wisdom in bringing hope and healing to millions. This is more than “mindset hacks” and “Pollyanna” positivity. Through the work of what she calls Transformational Positivity, Michelle helps her clients to get clear on where to shift their thoughts and actions, while dismantling the culture of toxic positivity.