Rev. Joe Thorntonby Joe Thornton

People come to Reiki at different times and for different reasons. Obviously, the reasons for pursuing a life of Reiki are as varied as are the individuals. I would like to share with you why I came to Reiki.

For months I suffered from an incapacitating pain in my right shoulder; normal movements were impaired. Sleeping comfortably was a challenge and rarely achieved. The cause of the pain went undetected so as a last ditch, my boyfriend took me to a Reiki Share group, which was made up entirely of Reiki practitioners. I had heard of Reiki but was utterly clueless as to what it was and what was going to happen.

As I was seated, four practitioners gathered around me as I described the debilitating pain I was experiencing. I was told to close my eyes, relax and breathe deeply. Each practitioner then put both their hands on me; one placed his hands on my left leg, a woman placed her hands on my knees, another woman placed her hands on my right arm and another man stood behind me, hands on my shoulders.

I sat still, eyes closed, and tried to focus on my breathing. Soon I felt a fifth set of hands, these on my stomach. These hands felt large, I knew it was another man and they felt very cold.

During the session, the first woman moved from in front of me and walked behind me, but I never felt her hands on me again. I continued to focus on the remaining four sets of hands. Soon I entered into a deeply relaxed state.

When the session ended I realized I was completely pain-free and I had full mobility in of my arm. I was ecstatic and in awe. I learned, first hand, the amazing power of Reiki.

I also learned that Reiki practitioners are energetically sensitive and intuitive people. The woman who had removed her hands from me during the session had a message for me. She told me that she had walked behind me and, rather than touching me, she felt compelled to place her hands on the back of the gentleman who had his hands on my shoulders. She said that she felt the hands of someone on her back and turned to see a long line of people, all supporting each other, hands on backs. She told me that they wanted her to tell me that many people who loved me, including my mother, who had previously passed, surrounded me.

Included in this discussion were only the four people who I saw before the Reiki session had begun. I asked who the fifth man with the icy cold hands had been. I was informed that no other person had come into the group and no one else touched me. The second woman in our group told me that those hands had belonged to Archangel Michael, who protected me and cared for me all my life.

Needless to say, for my first Reiki session, this was an overwhelming amount of information and incredibly moving. I had a great deal to try to comprehend.
Not long after that amazing experience, I began to feel a sense of power inside me. I felt drawn to the energy and compelled to learn more and to study Reiki. I then began my journey into this spiritual life and I have been blessed since. I have become a Reiki Master/Teacher and have studied Pranic healing, Shamanic Energy Work and other modalities. I am grateful and honored to be a teacher of Reiki.

Joe Thornton is a Reiki Master/Teacher, founder of Clear Spirit Reiki, co-founder of Great Conjunction Spiritual Center and is on the board and faculty of the Brigger Center for Reiki Education. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by Rev Tamera Crosby

Welcome and may the Love Light of the Universe illuminate you this month.

One would think that Rose Quartz would be a featured stone this month but, alas, it is not. on the romance side, we do still have the Garnet as one of the options for February so I guess that will have to do.

Please remember that this list is compiled from several other lists and does contain crossovers from month to month. As always, please let your own intuition help in choosing the proper stone/crystal for you or others at this stage in your life. Different stages may need different stones, so if one doesn’t feel right anymore, perhaps it is time to either cleanse it or put it away for a while and use another.

Amethyst - By Wela49, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=424189AMETHYST--Works with the Crown Chakra, gentle allover healer. This opens for intuition and messages through the Crown chakra but may be used wherever it is needed for bringing in the Violet healing light. It aids soothing in times of distress; connects one to the angelic realm as well as with the devic realm. It is excellent for meditation and used to protect against psychic attacks by sending said attacks out into the Universe where they are transformed into a positive, loving energy. Ancients used the Amethyst to help support sobriety and is a good aide to help resist addictions. Also may be used to help repel fleas from cats by placing a few small crystals or one mid-sized crystal into the cat's water dish. (I have a friend who swears by this and is constantly getting more to have on hand...it's good to change the stones out now and again to give the immersed ones a chance to re-energize.)

 

Turquoise - By Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10127421TURQUOISE--Turquoise is said to help tone and strengthen the entire body; tissue regeneration; circulation; lungs; respiratory system; aid in vitalizing the blood and the nervous system. It also is said to aid with meditation; creative expression; peace of mind; emotional balance; communication by working with the throat Chakra; friendship; and loyalty. It is a special stone to those of Native American descent and enhances luck to those who are drawn to this stone. It is a softer stone and is often stabilized. It is also one of the stones which gets imitated by dying Howlite to the turquoise color.

 

Garnet - CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=426044GARNET--Garnet is sometimes called ‘the poor man’s Ruby’. It does come in several colors with varying additional properties but, overall, it is said to help release all types of fears; works with issues one may have with masculine or dominant people in ones life, either now or in the past; works in the root Chakra (when it is the red garnet) bringing in more grounding and energy. Red Garnets also attract and inspire romantic love, positive thoughts, inspiration, energy, past life recall, and self confidence. Garnet is also considered to be a ‘stone of health’, aiding with the extraction of negative energies from the chakras and transmuting that negativity into a positive force.

 

Black Onyx - By The original uploader was Grandor at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41092342ONYX--Onyx is a form of Chalcedony. It is said to aid with centering and alignment of the total person with higher powers. It is often gifted to someone who is grieving to aid with releasing and banishing that grief. Also said to aid with self-control, wise decision making, encouraging happiness and good fortune. It may also aid with absorbing the energies needed from the Universe. It may also stimulate ones intuition for new opportunities as well as seeing and feeling additional guidance.

 

Quartz - By Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10155730CLEAR QUARTZ--Quartz is one of the basic elements combined into many other crystals and stones. It is said to enhance the crystalline properties of blood, body and mind. It is also said to help activate and enhance pineal and pituitary glands; aid with emotional balancing; stimulate brain functions; and amplify thought forms. Its full spectrum of energy helps activate all levels of consciousness. It will also help to dispel negative energy in ones energy field and in the surrounding environment. It receives, activates, stores, transmits and amplifies energy. It is an excellent crystal for meditation; enhances interdimensional communication and communication with ones Higher Self an Spirit Guides. It is an all-purpose crystal and may be programmed for any positive intent.

 

Sapphire - By Wiener Edelstein Zentrum - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31984872SAPPHIRE--One of the hardest gemstones short of a Diamond. It is considered a royalty stone. It is said to work with Throat Chakra to help open communications and bring in clarity. It is calming and soothing...a tranquil beauty. It is said to assist with allover healing and brings strength to the wearer. Sapphire also comes in many colors from the most recognized blue, white, black, purple, yellow, and green. Sapphire is also one of the stones/crystals which is often lab grown and is often used in scientific equipment because of the hardness. The lab grown varieties carry the same energies as the natural but do tend to need cleansing and energizing a bit more than the natural. White Sapphire has the ability to remove blockages and encourage creative thinking/solutions as well as prosperity.

 

Tamera Crosby is in incredibly talented artist and gem and stone expert.  She appears regularly at Great Conjunction Expos and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by Tamera Crosby

 

Happy New Year to One and All! May your new year bring blessings in all forms to fulfill your goals and dreams!

 

480px GarnetCrystalUSGOVGARNET--Garnet is sometimes called ‘the poor man’s Ruby’. It does come in several colors with varying additional properties but, overall, it is said to help release all types of fears; works with issues one may have with masculine or dominant people in ones life, either now or in the past; works in the root Chakra (when it is the red garnet) bringing in more grounding and energy. Red Garnets also attract and inspire romantic love, positive thoughts, inspiration, energy, past life recall, and self confidence. Garnet is also considered to be a ‘stone of health’, aiding with the extraction of negative energies from the chakras and transmuting that negativity into a positive force.

 

Quartz 193816QUARTZ--Quartz is one of the basic elements combined into many other crystals and stones. It is said to enhance the crystalline properties of blood, body and mind. It is also said to help activate and enhance pineal and pituitary glands; aid with emotional balancing; stimulate brain functions; and amplify thought forms. Its full spectrum of energy helps activate all levels of consciousness. It will also help to dispel negative energy in ones energy field and in the surrounding environment. It receives, activates, stores, transmits and amplifies energy. It is an excellent crystal for meditation; enhances interdimensional communication and communication with ones Higher Self an Spirit Guides. It is an all-purpose crystal and may be programmed for any positive intent. 

 

Tigers eye egg shape fit 127x96TIGER’S EYE--Tiger’s Eye is a variety of Chalcedony (quartz) which is said to be beneficial for the spleen, pancreas, digestive organs and colon. It is also said to be an emotional balancer, enhances the connection with personal power and will. It is grounding, centering, helps soften stubbornness, enhances clear perception and insight. It has a masculine energy and also comes in several colors, from the traditional brown/gold (the yellow is sometimes called Cat’s Eye but there is a stone which is strictly a Cat’s Eye and tends to be more grayish) to blue (called Hawk’s Eye) and red (which I have dubbed Dragon’s Eye.) Tiger’s Eye has a chatoyancy which is because of the fibrous textures within the stone and makes it ‘wink’ when shifted in the light. The Tiger’s Eye is also considered a Prosperity stone, particularly when combined with Aventurine and Pyrite. Carry this combination in your incoming pocket to aid with increased luck and cash flow. 

 

rubyRUBY--Ruby is the red variety of corundum, the second hardest natural mineral known to mankind. People interested in metaphysics and crystal healing say that ruby is known as the "star of fire", and is useful in assisting the earth in receiving the full spectrum of light necessary for enlightenment. Ruby crystals can also aid in purifying and correcting trapper energy which leads to atrophy. It helps refine the will as a love based force It is an excellent stone for re-birthing and for releasing blockages along the spiritual path. Rubies promote dreaming and stimulate transmission of information from ones spiritual guides. Legend has it that the Ruby would help detect poison or danger by changing colors, usually darkening, which is why it was on of the favorite stones of royalty and was often seen set into goblets as well as predominant jewelry for the elite. Rubies are also one of the few stones which exhibit the capacity of being a Record Keeper by having a raised or indented triangular configuration on one of its sides or faces, (usually only found in the raw, unpolished state). The Record Keeper configuration may also look like a square or a rectangle, though it is not as common. Record keepers are crystals within which wisdom is stored. When one properly attunes to this crystal, ancient knowledge and secrets of the universe may be psychically retrieved. One needs an open mind and a pure heart to access the information via attunement of the consciousness with the inner energies of the crystal. When a person is properly attuned to a Record Keeper, the knowledge of the Universe is available. Record Keeper crystals, either as a Ruby or a Quartz, may have been programmed by the beings that created the energies which have culminated life on this planet and may have been left by the Atlantians and the Lemurians. 

 

Big turquoise from Cananea cropped fit 141x100TURQUOISE--Turquoise is said to help tone and strengthen the entire body; tissue regeneration; circulation; lungs; respiratory system; aid in vitalizing the bloo0d asnd the nervous system. It also is said to aid with meditation; creative expression; peace of mind; emotional balance; communication by working with the throat Chakra; friendship; and loyalty. It is a special stone to those of Native American descent and enhances luck to those who are drawn to this stone. It is a softer stone and is often stabilized. It is also one of the stones which gets imitated by dying Howlite to the turquoise color.

 

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LAPIS LAZULI--Lapis Lazuli is one of the stones prominently mentioned in the Edgar Cayce readings. It is said to help strengthen the skeletal system; activate the thyroid gland; release tension and anxiety; energize the throat Chakra; augment strength, vitality & virility; facilitate opening of the Chakras (especially the Third Eye and throat); aids with mental clarity and insights. It is also an excellent stone to help open and enhance ones psychic abilities as well as communication with ones Higher Self and Spirit Guides. It will also aid with creative expression. This is also a stone which is recommended to help ward off ‘psychic vampires’ and helps one to avoid absorbing all of the ‘gunk and junk’ from others in a group or public setting.

 

 

Topaz 178650 fit 133x103TOPAZ--Topaz comes in many colors, both naturally and artificially enhanced either by heat or radiation. It is said to aid with tissue regeneration; strengthen the thyroid gland; enhance the metabolism and help balance the emotions. It is a crystal with cooling and soothing effects, aiding with bringing about peace and tranquility. It is said to enhance creativity; self-expression; psychic perceptions; and communication with ones Higher Self and Spirit Guides.

 

 

Jasper.pebble.600pix copyJASPER--Traditional protective stone, especially the red Jasper. There are a large number of types of Jasper...too many to go into in this article. Most Jaspers seem to work with the lower three Chakra points which are those of survival, energy, grounding and protection. Some will also work with the Heart but the Heart chakra is the bridge between the Earth/Physical Chakra points and the Spiritual Chakra points so that is to be expected. 

 

 

 

Zircon t09zirc 02bHYACINTH (JACINTH OR ZIRCON)-- Zircon is considered to be a ‘stone of virtue’, helping bring ones virtuous nature back into balance with the universe. It works with the energies of the first, third and fourth chakras, raising them to a higher level of intensity. It aids with the recognition that we are all part of ‘All That Is' and aids with our evolutionary growth spiral in this human realm. It is also said to symbolize innocence, purity, and constancy.

 

 

Tamera Crosby is in incredibly talented artist and gem and stone expert.  She appears regularly at Great Conjunction Expos and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Currently we have six lovely little birds (often referred to as “The Girls,” “Our Ladies,” and “The Tiny Dinosaurs”), all rescues in one way or another. We do not live on a farm, but in a modest city home in Youngstown – you don’t need that much room to have a few birds of your own, just a bit of planning.

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While living in a small apartment in NYC, I decided I wanted chickens. At the time, chickens were absolutely not an option, but I was dreaming of a house with a garden and a yard and chickens scampering about. So I started reading about chickens, checking out urban farming blogs, and signing up for poultry newsletters. When I moved back to Ohio chickens were on the list, but it took a few years to build a coop and get ready to make the leap.

IMG 0278Our first four hens were rescued from a commercial laying facility. They were friendly red hens that laid brown eggs and could run like the dickens on the rare occasions they escaped. Sadly, rescued layers have a short lifespan and last year we were on the lookout for a few new girls. We ended up adopting four Araucana (a breed of chicken that lays light blue eggs) from a couple out in the country whose flock had been attacked by foxes. They weren’t willing to build a shelter strong enough to protect their remaining girls and we were happy to have them!

These new girls are more feisty than our first flock and will mob you if they think you have treats. “Back, back Tiny Dinosaurs!” I yell as I bring food and water to the coop (a handful of oatmeal tossed in the corner helps clear the way and keeps them from pecking at my shoes).

Recently we added two more chickens to the coup and our newest Ladies came to us in an odd way. Our friend Melanie phoned saying, “A flock of chickens just moved into our yard. Do you want them?” While her street is quiet and residential, she lives just a few blocks from a shopping mall and a very busy part of town. Needless to say, this was very odd. We ended up catching and bringing home two of these strays and we are introducing them to our flock. They are very mellow, red hens – much like our first girls.

BlueEggsAs we look at what we want Great Conjunction Spiritual Center to become and evolve into, we know that there will always be room for a few chickens. These thrifty and charming Ladies bring a life and vibrancy to our little urban “farm” that I didn’t even know was missing.

Make sure you meet our Tiny Dinosaurs some day and enjoy the special energy they share!

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