Love Feng Shui, Fix These Feng Shui Love Killers

Most people have a sneaking suspicion of what’s inhibiting their love life. Whether it’s an unhealthy relationship with an ex, an unwillingness to be vulnerable, a fear of rejection or a giant porcelain doll collection, we all have our own theories when it comes to that nagging question: Why can’t I find love?

What may be less obvious are the Feng Shui love killers that exist within your own bedroom. Feng Shui has a powerful impact on your energy. Many people don’t realize that the energy they are inviting into their bedroom isn’t one conducive to a loving partnership. Today, I’m going to talk about using Feng Shui symbols to attract love, and all the things to avoid if you want love to flourish in your space.

Right about now, you may be asking, “How can the placement of my bed or the kind of art that I have in my bedroom affect my relationship?” It’s all about perception. You may not recognize it, but when you have your bed pushed up against a wall so that it’s only accessible from one side, that sends a message that your relationship is less accessible to one party. Or think about the art in your bedroom. Do the pieces depict couples, or are they mainly portraits of individual people? Listen, I love the colorful self-portraits of Frida Kahlo as much as any art lover, but the reason I suggest removing images like these from the bedroom is that they don’t portray a loving bond—and that’s the energy you want to cultivate in the bedroom. So every element of using Feng Shui to attract love, though it may seem out there or completely minute, is rooted in the idea of shifting your space to hold symbols of passion and partnership. If you’re ready to get started, let’s go through your room step-by-step to transform your love Feng Shui!

Love Feng Shui: All the Do’s, Don’ts and Crystal Tips You Need to Know

Enhance Love With These Feng Shui Bedroom Tips

Your Bed

As I mentioned, the bed plays an important role in the energy of your room. You spend a lot of time in your bed, so you need to make sure that you’re laying in your most ideal position to enhance your love Feng Shui. This means:

  • Use Light Colored Sheets: When it comes to Feng Shui bedroom colors, if you’re looking to attract love, you want to have a lighter color scheme. Sheets that are pink, white or pastel hues have a more loving and welcoming vibe. Black or darker colored sheets create a closed off energy, so if you have dark sheets, consider switching it up!
  • Avoid Sleeping Under Beams: Try not to sleep underneath a beam that divides the bed. This represents a division between you and your partner. If you can, cover the beam with a curtain. You’re also going to want your sheets to have a light, inviting shade, like white or pink.
  • Have Space Around the Bed: Having space around the bed ensures that it is equally easy for both you and a partner to get into bed. So if your bed is flush against a wall, try moving it out for easier access.

How to Cleanse Your Bed’s Energy

Even the mattress should be energetically cleansed. Ideally, you’d get rid of the mattress that you shared with any partner you are no longer with, as this is believed to help you move on from the memories attached to it. However, mattresses are expensive, so I realize that not everyone is going to be able to do this post-breakup. Instead, you can open the windows of your room, let as much light in as possible, strip your bed and spread 2 to 3 dozen white rose petals over your bare mattress. In each of the four corners of your bed, place a jar filled with equal parts salt and water on the floor. Leave this in place all day to allow the salt + roses to purify and uplift the energy of the mattress. Then sage the space to cleanse away any leftover energy from the past relationship. Take the petals off your bed and return them to the soil of the Earth. Get rid of the salt water by simply pouring it into your toilet and flushing it away.

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You also want to avoid mirrors when tricking out your best Feng Shui bedroom setup. If you have a mirror that creates a double image of your bed, it’s believed that it represents a third party interference. That can be anything from a nosy family member to an intrusive friend. To keep outside influences out of your bedroom, remove mirrors or cover the mirrors with a cloth when you’re not using them.


The art in your bedroom should inspire joy, and feature a loving relationship. Empty landscapes or images of one person, as pretty as they may be, are not ideal for cultivating love in this space. Find art that makes you happy and symbolizes the love you wish to attract or maintain.


Obviously, you want your relationship to be one full of life. Having dead plants in your space doesn’t exactly convey that message. Remove any dead plants from inside the room or outside the front door for better love Feng Shui. In general, it is recommended that for a Feng Shui bedroom, you don’t have plants in the room at all. If you do, keep them further away from the bed so as not to stir up too lively an energy.

Decorate in Two’s

When you decorate in pairs, it establishes balance and harmony within the space. The ideal Feng Shui bedroom will have two nightstands on either side of the bed, two lamps, and everything like candles and crystals set in pairs.

Crystal Pairs

You generally want to have crystals in pairs when it comes to a total Feng Shui bedroom. It creates great love Feng Shui to see pairings throughout the room. Try not to overwhelm the space with too much crystal energy, and stick to just the essential stones you’re called to at the moment. That means a Selenite under the bed for energy cleansing, crystals for sleep on the night stand (such as Amethyst and Celestite), and your love Feng Shui crystals in the love quadrant of your bedroom.

To find the love quadrant of your bedroom, go to the entrance of your room and look to the far right corner. That’s your love quadrant, and where your love crystal pairs should be placed.

Suggested Love Crystal Pairs

  1. Rose Quartz + Amethyst: For love and relaxation.
  2. Rose Quartz + Amazonite: For love and joy.
  3. Rose Quartz + Aventurine: For love and luck.

As you can see, Rose Quartz is a MUST. As the stone of love, Rose Quartz will work to restore your heart energy and fill your spirit with gentle healing vibes. It’s the best stone you can have in your Feng Shui bedroom. I recommend pairing Rose Quartz with either Amethyst, Aventurine or Amazonite. It just depends on the energy you want to cultivate in your spirit and love life.

Amethyst harmonizes well with gentle energy of Rose Quartz. With its relaxing and clarifying energy, Amethyst soothes the spirit so that it can recharge at the end of a long day. Amazonite also partners well with the loving energy of Rose Quartz. You’ll want this pairing in your space if you’re looking to create a fun loving atmosphere. For luck in love, the pair you want in your bedroom are Rose Quartz and Aventurine. Aventurine brings in good fortune and will ensure that your love life always has luck on its side.

One additional tip for those looking to go the extra mile in using their Feng Shui bedroom to attract love, is to have a pair of mandarin ducks in your room. Mandarin Ducks are a symbol of lasting love. Because they are known to mate for life, Mandarin Ducks have symbolized love and commitment in China for centuries. Our crystal Mandarin Ducks are carved out of Rose Quartz and Aventurine for added loving energy.

If you’re guilty of these love Feng Shui faux pas, don’t worry! Just make the necessary changes, and see how it affects your energy. Remember, the most important thing to focus on is bringing love and balance into your heart. Having a bedroom that fills you with love and a sense of harmony will allow you to better approach the rest of your day. So start making these little shifts in your room to see major shifts in your life!

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For more information on love Feng Shui, head to chapter 8 in our book, Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune in to the Real You. 

Heather Askinosie

Listening for God in Consolation

Discernment involves paying attention to the movements of the spirits so that we can continue moving towards our destination—the direction God is inviting us to head. As is clearly stated in the First Principle and Foundation, the goal of our life is to live with God forever. As I often tell spiritual directees, this goal means living with God both now in our present journey and in our journey of eternal life.

In the ocean of prayer life, the movements of consolation and desolation are like a sailboat rocking on the ocean. Even though there is sideway movement from the waves in the water, the sailboat continues to move forward towards its destination. In discernment, our guide through the waters is the Holy Spirit, ever helping us listen and adjust our sails to harness the wind that steadies and points our boat towards our ultimate goal of living with God, both now and forever.

Let’s take a look at how the Holy Spirit guides us and sets wind to our sails when we are in consolation. As St. Ignatius reminds us, when we are on the right course, seeking to rise in service to God, “the Holy Spirit gives strength, courage, consolation, inspiration, and peace” (Rules for Discernment #2).

When we are sailing in the right direction, the Holy Spirit fills our sails with winds that encourage us to continue forward in that direction. Our sails are often unexpectedly filled with the fruits of the spirit: peace, patience, joy, love, kindness, gentleness, generosity, faithfulness, and self-control. Consolation, like the wind when sailing, is pure gift. It moves us forward and encourages and inspires us to continue towards our spiritual destination of living with God.

Just as we might when setting sail, when we feel this breeze that moves us gently and steadily forward with purpose and intention, we are invited to settle in, harness the wind, and savor the experience of the source of energy that moves us forward. When consolation is gifted to us by God, we are invited to do the same thing that we would do while enjoying sailing: settle into the gift, harness the inspiration and courage of the Holy Spirit, and savor the gift. Consolation gives us the opportunity to see clearly, check our maps and direction, and oil our tools.

As we know, winds on an ocean will suddenly change direction and speed. The same is true for the movements of the spirits. The winds of desolation will, as St. Ignatius reminds us, surely come. The energetic winds of consolation may give way to quiet winds of desolation that cause the boat to stall and struggle to maintain its forward movement. The winds of desolation might even appear as gale-force winds that cause us angst, confusion, fear, and doubt, tempting us to steer our sailboat in a different direction.

It is in these moments that we are invited to remember the smooth-sailing winds of consolation. The winds of consolation, even when they are not blowing, continue to work against the desolation and steady the ship by our remembering the time of consolation and the gifts given to us by God.

Our guide, the Holy Spirit, will not let us forget the path and direction we are heading. The Holy Spirit inspires us onward, inspiring us when in consolation and drawing back on course when in desolation. Our job, as the sailors we are, is to listen for God in the continual movements of consolation and desolation as we seek to head in the direction that brings us closer to God, remembering we are not setting sail on any waters by ourselves, for God is surely with us.

Becky Eldredge

Ash is Purest White | Film Reviews | Films

Director Zhangke Jia has built a solid career on crafting potent glimpses into the complexities of 21st century Chinese life, and his latest effort, Ash Is Purest White, takes this well-established style and subject to epic heights. Spanning the transformative years between 2001 and 2018, this lengthy melodrama, peppered with spikes of both gentle and jabbing humor, is an absorbing journey. It does what all lasting epics can do; it takes root in the very particular, only to unfold in ever-expanding layers of universal power, until viewers are not only playing audience to one specific, modern story, but are also engulfed in a story of themselves, a story as old as humanity itself.

The particular story is divided into three parts, all tracking the developing adventures of the no-nonsense Qiao (Zhao Tao) and her charismatic lover Bin (Liao Fan). In the bustling 2001 of the film’s first third, these two snappy leaders rule a scrappy underworld jianghu community in Datong, a coal mining city bordering Inner Mongolia. Qiao is a capable, clear-headed woman in a world of unruly, mercurial men, and these opening scenes lay the foundation for all that will follow over the course of seventeen years — the harm and heartbreak, the disappointment and sacrifice. The film initially feels like something out of 1940s Hollywood; with Tao’s effortless performance at the center, these early moments have the timing and tenor of classic gangster movies. As in those films, even the most lighthearted interactions hold the simmering threat of potential violence beneath their sunnier surfaces.

This violence does rear its head. Bin has enemies, as most men in his business do, and when he is confronted one night by a rival gang in a moment of shocking intensity, the film both takes an inevitable turn and begins to transcend its stock confines. In a move to end the life-threatening scuffle, Qiao unsheathes her illegally-owned gun (given to her by Bin) and fires warning shots into the air. Before she can fast talk her way out of it, she’s arrested and in prison, lying to save her man from a long sentence himself and symbolically taking the fall for men in general.

This might sound like typical gangster movie fodder, but what follows (particularly after Qiao is released from prison after five years and is dropped into the more desolate 2006 of the film’s second part) evolves into something more surprisingly affecting, a meditation on misdirection and lost time, on misplaced love and self-deception’s tricky ability to misguide the heart.

Bin has been completely silent and absent while Qiao has served her sentence, and her subsequent quixotic search for both him and for their prior life takes up the bulk of the remainder of the film. As Qiao meanders through her post-prison reality, Jia populates her journey with characters and situations that bring the class and industrial complications of post-boom China to the forefront. The film’s English title (which stems from a conversation between Qiao and Bin about a dormant volcano) feels apt as Qiao observes the ashen world around her, listening more than plotting, seeking understanding rather than volcanic revenge.

In the film’s third part, Jia’s decision to not follow the typical revenge plot formula and Qiao’s decision to pursue reconciliation with Bin move the story into a wholly spiritual realm. Though Qiao’s sense of self-sacrifice might be off-putting in a less-nuanced film, both Tao’s performance and Jia’s deft excavation of Chinese life in a tentative 2018 lift Qiao’s experience from the ashes of disappointment to a subtly effective level, suggesting that there is something even more powerful than revenge: self-determined forgiveness.

This flipping of the typical scorched earth revenge fantasy trope nudges this very particular tale into its epic potential. Qiao is a quiet and contemplative hero in a world where might and fight usually make “right.” Her refusal to give in to the brutal rules of the life she’s known make her less of a saintly martyr than an evolved model for enlightened living. As Qiao quietly shapes herself into who she must be in order to resurrect from the ashes, her deep sense of self-possession is earth-shakingly explosive.

Surviving Mercury Retrograde with Healing Crystals + Gemstones

Mercury Retrograde is defined as a three week period in which the planet Mercury appears to be moving in a backwards motion. During this time, many people experience a range of adverse effects, such as memory loss, loss of time, loss of items, and loss of common sense. As for technology, you can usually count on unexpected glitches to throw a wrench in your plans. Software crashes and lost emails are just some of the familiar frustrations to pop up during this time.

So with this being said, how do you handle this 3-week mercury retrograde period? It’s a time to think of things with a “re” in front of it, such as re-think, re-do, re-new, re-structure and re-evaluate.

The planet mercury rules the mind, intellect, communication and mental clarity. During a mercury retrograde period, simple acts of communication or common sense can become distorted and altered from your original intent. Instead of starting new projects, it’s time to re-look at what’s currently going on in your life. If you have a business opportunity presented to you during mercury retrograde, it’s always good to listen, rethink about what you heard and then discuss any financial details once mercury goes direct.

I have always made it a point to NEVER sign contracts during mercury retrograde. Why? In my experience, the few times that deals were signed during a retrograde period, they always resulted in lots of miscommunication issues and fell through in the end. I am not saying that business deals only stay together when mercury is not in retrograde. My point is that everything is a bit harder during a mercury retrograde period. However, I have a friend who is a divorce attorney and he says that he LOVES mercury retrograde, because his business skyrockets!!

Tips for Surviving Mercury Retrograde

We may want to crawl into a hole and not come out until retrograde has passed, but that’s not how life works. There may be contracts that have to get signed, appliances that need to be purchased, and tough conversations that can’t wait. As long as you’re making sure to take extra precautions, there’s no need to hit pause on your life. The key is to take your time.

During mercury retrograde, always allow yourself more time. If you’re traveling, get to the airport early. Be flexible and expect the unexpected. Pause and breathe before speaking, so not to be misunderstood. Delay making big purchases, such as a home, computer equipment and electronics, until after mercury goes direct. Triple read all your emails and documents before you send them. Practice forgiveness. Use this time to finish processing any unresolved things that are lingering so that you can move on and let go. If big decisions must be made, make sure to double and triple check all the details!

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My Favorite Crystal to Use During Mercury Retrograde

It may not feel like it, but this time can actually be a blessing in disguise. Though it can seem like a pain to have to examine every detail to make sure it’s correct before proceeding, there are benefits to being cautious. I’m sure that we’ve all had moments when we wished that we had taken a moment to breathe and think before speaking. The more mercury retrogrades I experience, the more I’m beginning to realize how my life can benefit from giving myself extra time to speak, act, or make decisions. A crystal that is especially great at reminding of this is labradorite.

Labradorite helps me to see the light hidden within the gray areas of life. It reminds me to look beneath my dark shadows, to discover the underlying lessons that I’m meant to learn. Whatever mercury retrograde digs up for you, will carry with it a message. Labradorite can assist you in digesting that message. It guides your mind in recognizing the transformations you need to make, and the actions that can lead you toward emotional progress. Whenever you feel yourself speeding up and beginning to lean into that infamous retrograde tailspin, slow down and find your point of balance by connecting with labradorite. For some, that may mean meditating with labradorite to get in sync with both the breathe and the labradorite meaning, and for others, that may simply mean holding the labradorite stone in your hand to think before making decisions.  

Other Healing Crystals for Mercury Retrograde  

Using crystals for mercury retrograde helps you to stay grounded, calm and focused. To harness a crystal’s energy whenever you might need it during these difficult three weeks, you can hold a stone your hand, place one on a bedside table and even keep one in your purse or pocket. These will help you to hold your intention to be extra thoughtful in the days ahead. In addition to Labradorite, here are some of my other favorite crystals for surviving mercury retrograde:

  • Black Tourmaline assists in letting go of fear, anxiety and chaotic energy. It works with the root chakra, grounding you into the energy of the Earth. Black tourmaline also offers strong protective energies during this period of chaos and turmoil, helping you to feel safe, supported and secure.
  • Hematite is one of our favorite grounding crystals. When you hold it in your hands or wear it on your body, its energy pulls you downwards, making you one with the Earth. It constantly pulls any excess, unwanted or negative energy from your body into itself to clear your energy field.
  • Amazonite helps you to speak with clarity and grace, fostering clear communication. It offers calming and soothing energies, which will prove to be beneficial during this time of anxiety and stress.
  • Fluorite emits peace and harmony, and helps to release stress and anxiety. Often referred to as an energetic vacuum cleaner, it sucks up and neutralizes negative energy to bring harmony and balance.
  • Quartz Crystal brings clarity and focus. It vibrates pure white light, removing any blockages or obstacles that lie in your path.

Life is a balance of ebbs and flows. How we handle these times is vital to our wellbeing. The mantra for mercury retrograde is let it flow. Is the bigger message from the planets above to slow down? Does this three week period teach us a greater lesson, reminding us to communicate clearly, to not take things personally and to take some extra time to make big decisions? If this is so, then a time reputed to mess with our senses sure makes a lot of sense.

Heather Askinosie

Seven Simple Spiritual Practices – Ignatian Spirituality

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There are no magic numbers related to spiritual growth, but sometimes it helps to make a list just to simplify our goals. There are hundreds of spiritual practices, but I’m listing seven that are fairly simple. Please try them out!

  1. Do a short, focused morning prayer. This can be, “Good morning, Lord. I’m grateful to be alive another day,” or, “May my thoughts, words, and actions reflect your love today,” or anything else that is short and to the point. It can be a waking-up prayer, to help you focus your attention as the day begins.
  2. Sigh to God. The Holy Spirit takes every sigh, every tear, every groan and translates them to our heavenly Father. Sometimes we put too high a value on words when it comes to prayer. Sometimes, a sigh will convey exactly how you’re feeling and what you need. Please note: you are encouraged to do this prayer multiple times a day.
  3. Reflect. Stop at mid-morning or noon or afternoon or evening, and look back at what has happened in the day so far. What did you do or say? How did you feel? Where did you perceive God present or at work? Respond with thanksgiving or with a prayer to do better during the rest of the day.
  4. Listen to Scripture. Allow Scripture to soak into your mind and heart by listening to it—in recorded songs or hymns or from an audio version of the Bible. Take just five or ten minutes to do this, while you’re commuting or eating your lunch.
  5. Say thanks. Pause to thank God for one thing in your day. Or thank another person for one thing he or she has said or done that helped you.
  6. Say please. Acknowledge your true desire at this moment and voice it to God. Or ask another person for help rather than trying to do everything yourself.
  7. Help someone. Donate money to an organization that addresses needs in the community. Encourage a coworker. Help a stranger pick up the dropped bag of groceries. Hold a door open. Pitch in when you see a friend or family member overwhelmed with a task.

What’s your favorite simple spiritual practice?

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It’s often the first thing that comes to mind when people see me. At five feet four inches tall, I’m far below the average height of American men.

I used to get uncomfortable in middle school when my friends stood side by side and compared heights. I faced their jokes about my height with resentment. Visits to the doctor left me with a sense of impending doom. Why was I so freakish? Would people ever take me seriously?

I tried to shove away the idea that I would always be short. My low self-esteem bled through in social interactions, and this fear of being taken lightly became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It was years before I matured enough to realize my mistake. I had given the label life, and in the process degraded myself. As I learned to process my height in context, I realized that it was really an insignificant thread in the vast web of labels that could describe me. A little close inspection revealed this label to be more illusion than substance, like the Wizard of Oz. It was a purely subjective label that wasn’t intrinsically negative; I alone had made it big, bad, and scary.

When I accepted my short height and internally made it a nonfactor, it became a nonfactor for others as well. So yes, labels can limit us, but only if we let them.

A step back. What are labels? Labels are the way we make sense of the infinite complexity of the world. We process the world in caricature. David Hume, the Scottish Enlightenment philosopher, pointed out the disjunction between the world of reality and the world of perception (the world as we see it in our minds). Our perception of an object is not the same as the object itself. He explained how humans, in order to make sense of the chaos and mind-boggling complexity of the world, use past experiences to form expectations of how the world functions.

Reducing the world and people into labels is a necessary skill, but it can be dangerous if we don’t realize its limitations. The limitation is that labels are half-truths at best, and lies at worst.

Labeling pickle jars is easy. Labeling humans is where we enter murky and crocodile-filled waters. Is it possible to accurately label a person? It seems not — people are too vast to fit within a tag. But that hasn’t stopped us from trying. Every generation’s heritage is a knotted net of labels to untangle. Labels to do with race, gender, social class, and more.

Many of the social changes in the last century have had to do with battling deeply rooted labels, labels that almost take on the guise of reality because they have been fed by people’s belief in them. For much of the 20th century, society believed that women weren’t fit to work outside their homes. This label manifested itself in a lack of women in leadership, which was then used to lend credence to the label itself. The result was a continuous violation of human dignity as millions of people were stuffed into narrow stereotypes like socks into an all-too-small drawer.

There is no label big enough to hold a person. That is a realization that societies keep coming to. Which raises the question: if labels are inaccurate caricatures, what even am I? If labels are the light in which we see ourselves, what is there to see without them?

This is where I pass the floor to the Bhagavad Gita, the scripture of Hinduism and an integral part of my belief system. The question of personal identity, or lying in a tent underneath a starry night wondering who you really are, is one of the main topics of the Gita. Its verdict is that almost all labels don’t really describe the self, because the self is separate from the body and even the mind. The self is the soul, which is described as pure consciousness. It rides the body like a driver in a car.

The view that the self is separate from bodily labels is echoed in most major religions. The Gita takes this further, stating that my soul stays constant even as it passes through new bodies in the process of reincarnation. In a sense, the soul passes through sets of labels like we pass through clothes every day.That means that most labels, even my name, race, and gender, can’t truly describe me. Even though bodily labels might have some truth in them, they aren’t the be-all and end-all of my identity.

The idea that my body is just one transient link in an endless chain of bodies that I’ve inhabited is both dizzying and freeing. This realization doesn’t alienate me from life but rather helps me approach labels with healthy detachment. According to the Gita, every person’s soul is equal, despite external inequalities in their bodies.

One of my favorite verses from the Gita summarizes this sentiment beautifully: “The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana [priest], a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].” If everyone lived like this humble sage, conflicts of clashing labels would disappear. By seeing beyond labels, we could treat all living beings with the dignity they deserve. This verse presents an ideal that I strive for.

When he wrote this piece, Nimai Agarwal was in 12th grade. He is from Maryland and has been practicing Vaishnavism, a monotheistic tradition within Hinduism, since his childhood.

The Ultimate Crystal Beauty Routine

Crystal beauty regimens were part of every ancient civilization, and now they’ve made their way into our make up routine as well. Using crystals for beauty not only feels like an at-home spa treatment, but they also provide energetic effects that take our skincare to the next level. Using crystals for beauty is part of our daily skincare routines, and it is a truly magical and refreshing experience.

1. Make Crystal Beauty Essences

Start by cleansing your crystals with warm filtered water to remove any dirt, then place the clean crystals in a glass bowl and cover them with filtered water. Set the bowl of crystals in the sunlight for a full day to absorb the sun energy. Then you can use the water to wash your face. We love using aquamarine and rose quartz stone for beauty, but you can use any stone that you feel called to use. You can use this same process if you make your own lotions, serums or face mists to infuse your products with the energy of crystals.

2. Give Yourself a Facial Massage with A Gua Sha

Gua Sha facial massagers are used to help boost circulation and lymphatic drainage in your neck and face. Designed with long, smooth surfaces and ridges for deep tissue massage, these crystal beauty tools are perfect for giving yourself a mini-facial right at home. Boosted with the energy of Black Obsidian and Rose Quartz, these unique crystal Gua Sha facial massagers add a touch of cleansing and loving energy to your self-care and beauty routines.

When working with a Gua Sha, it’s important to work from bottom to top, and complete one side of the neck or face before doing the other. This helps to provide a clearer path for lymphatic drainage.

How to Use a Gua Sha:

  1. Prep your skin with your serum, oil, or moisturizer.
  2. Apply the flat surface of the Gua Sha to your collar bone on the far left side of your neck. With a small amount of pressure, glide the Gua Sha up toward your jaw, stopping just below your jaw line. Repeat this motion 5 times before moving to the right side. On the right side, glide the Gua Sha up toward your jaw, stopping just below your jaw line. Repeat 5 times. Finally, bring the Gua Sha to the center of your neck, and drag upward toward the bottom of your chin. Repeat 5 times.
  3. After massaging your entire neck, it’s time to move onto the face. Begin at the center of your chin, and move the Gua Sha out toward your left ear. Repeat 5 times. You’ll then start to move up your face, beginning at the space where your nose meets your left check. Repeat 5 times. Then very gently, place the Gua Sha under your eye and slide it toward your left temple. Finally, bring the Gua Sha to your forehead, starting just above the brow.  This time, drag upward toward your hairline. Repeat 5 times.
  4. Switch to the right side of your face, starting at the center of your chin and dragging out toward your right ear. Repeat 5 times. Move up your face, beginning at the space where your nose meets your right check. Repeat 5 times. Then very gently, place the Gua Sha under your eye and slide it toward your right temple. Finally, bring the Gua Sha to your forehead, starting just above the brow.  This time, drag upward toward your hairline. Repeat 5 times.

3. Smooth Tension and Wrinkles with A Jade Roller

Jade rollers have been used for reducing puffiness, improving the immunes system and relieving stress and tension in the facial tissue since ancient China.

How to Use a Jade Roller:

  1. Start by applying your serum or moisturizer.Crystal Beauty Routine
  2. As the serum dissolves into the skin, you’ll want to apply a facial spritz to provide your skin with moisture. This will prevent you from stretching your skin and damaging its elasticity during the jade rolling process.
  3. It’s important to visualize a vertical line that runs from your forehead to your chest and to not cross that invisibleline during this process. To effectively drain the lymphatic system, which minimizes swelling and puffiness in the skin and improves the look and health of the facial area, you need to encourage the movement of lymphatic fluid in your face towards the ears or the collarbone, which are the two drainage points.
  4. Start in the middle of your forehead, remembering to treat your face as two halves. Gently glide the roller from the forehead out and down towards the ear. Continue to guide the toxins in your face outwards by massaging each section of your forehead towards the ear. Do not roll back and forth.
  5. Continue to work your way down your face, remembering to start in the middle and push the roller outwards all the way to the ear.
  6. When you reach your jawline, push the roller along the jaw, towards the ear and then down towards the collarbone.
  7. Continue from your jawline down, pushing the roller towards your collarbone.
  8. Repeat this process on the other side of your face.

4. Give Yourself a Beauty Crystal Facial

Place your favorite healing crystals for beauty on your face where you need to relieve tension. The beauty crystals stimulate the meridian points of the face, which are energy lines that connect to our internal systems. When you touch the crystal beauty stones to these points, it energizes them. It also connects these points on the face to earth energy, something we aren’t often able to do. Lay with the stones on your face for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on what you’d like your crystal spa experience to be.

5. Charge Your Beauty and Skin Care Products

Energize your cleanses, moisturizers, and even your Jade roller and Rose Quartz Gua Sha with a crystal plate. Depending on your intention, you can use a Fluorite Plate to infuse your products with peace, or a Rose Quartz Plate to bring more love into your self-care routine. Placing your products on these larger crystals allows the crystal’s energy to charge them up so they are even more powerful when you use them.

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Heather Askinosie