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“Today, let us swim wildly, joyously in gratitude.” ~Rumi
2020 brings a different way of living and being. Most of this content I wrote in September 2019. I’m sick and I’m grateful for a partner who is here to help me. It began Tuesday and hit hard Wednesday. I’m grateful that I still have taste and smell. Hopefully I just have an ugly case of the flu. Just to be careful I’m being tested for COVID-19 tonight. I won’t go over the details though. Will keep you posted, however.
We don’t go out often and when we do we wear masks. Mostly we’re home!It serves as a reminder to BE in each and every moment in gratitude. It doesn’t matter if one moment is challenging I’m reminded that the next one can be different. It’s a choice and one that is mine to make. Sometimes in a moment of challenge it is often difficult to see another way.
As I imagine swimming wildly and joyously in gratitude I close my eyes and allow myself to “feel” a greater sense of joy and freedom – a greater sense of peace. Yes, I even imagine a big smile on my face and a lightness in my heart. This has been a particularly challenging week for me personally – loving, supporting, and being present for a loved one who was in the hospital. While there I experienced a full range of emotions that included love, impatience, fear, helplessness, hope, and gratitude to name a few. To be honest, I haven’t quite reached this state. Seems like all I do is sleep! read more…
Hey there.., Charles here. I want to share some exciting news with you. I just launched a new online course called “The Magic of Crystals – Tools for Intentional Living”.
You can find this course at https://courses.stormwisdom.com/courses/magicofcrystals
But beyond announcing this, I want to share why this feels like such a personal celebration for me. So if you’re interested, here’s a bit of my story….
The first time I was introduced to crystals was in a Lucid Living workshop in 2004. Before that, I have no memory of ever seeing a crystal or ever thinking about them. Let’s face it, crystals are not likely to come up in conversation very often in the corporate world, which at the time, is very much were I was happily entrenched.
The workshop wasn’t a crystal workshop per se, however they were talking about using them as a way to manifest and create shifts or changes in your life. The truth is, I blocked out most of what they were saying. It is not that I did not believe them, I just thought it wasn’t for me. To each his own.
But when break time came, that did not stop me from marveling at their beauty and the wonder that these marvels came out of and from the earth. I was so drawn to them as a form of natural art that I ended up purchasing several of them for my home.
Immediately my world began to shift and change. Even if it took me a while to figure out how and why. I began to absorb, explore, and study everything I could about them. Of course reference books like ‘The Book of Stones’ by Robert Simmons and Naisha Ahsian, ‘The Crystal Bible’ by Judy Hall, and others were part of that early exploration.
But even as I read these books (which are great by the way), there were things that didn’t feel right to me. At first it was not glaring or obvious what felt off. I just remember thinking that either something they said didn’t feel right for me…, or that there was something that needed to be expanded upon.
Over time, I realized that my biggest challenge was with the idea that a specific crystals would heal, cure, or eliminate a specific illness, ailment, or disease. I don’t doubt that someone might work with a crystal and be able to achieve these results. At the same time, it has always felt like what works for one person may not for the next. Because not only are we unique, but so are crystals.
This means I could never say to someone with any sincerity or integrity that a specific crystal would heal a specific disease or disorder.
Yet crystals were playing an ever expanding role in my day-to-day life and I was being asked by friends to share insights, recommendations and “how-to” information about them. And this was long before I decided to open a crystal shop!
Once I opened Storm Wisdom, I knew if I wanted to teach others how to work with them, I would have to share my own perspective, process and thoughts on the magic of crystals.
This meant a lot of writing and classroom time. I have written about the natural properties of over 100 different crystals. I have written many articles on crystals, with specific topics, over the years. But… I have never taken the time to explain my philosophy and perspective on how to work with crystals and how to incorporate them into daily life as tools for intentional living.
Then along comes 2020… a year that none of us is ever going to forget!
It has been chaotic, confusing, and filled with upheaval and change. It put the breaks on many things that all of us have become use to. 2020 has asked each of us to look at new ways of doing and being.
For me, what started out as a business decision to put some courses online as a way to help people live more fulfilling and intentional lives, has turned into collecting my thoughts and experiences and putting them into a format that will hopefully help others to see and experience the beauty and magic of crystals as tools for navigating life with more focus, clarity of purpose, and fulfillment.
I didn’t know when I started this project how much it would mean to me personally. I love what I created in ‘The 11 Principles of Intentional Living’ course because that is the foundation of what and why Storm Wisdom exists. It will always be our flagship online course.
Yet, this course, ‘The Magic of Crystals’ is just more personal for me. It speaks to my passion and joy. It also represents the journey I have been on for the past 16 years and how I have crafted and created an amazing, beautiful, and joy-filled life, which for me, has definitely included using crystals as tools and talismans for being more intentional.
In fact, 2020 has shown me that the efforts of the past 16 years have paid off. As potentially scary as this year has been, I have felt like my life exists in the eye of this crazy storm. While chaos and uncertainty swirl around me, the life I have created with intention remains calm, solid and strong.
If you want to know more… please check out my newest course… available now!
Respectfully – Charles
“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word, freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
~ Winston Churchill, British statesman, army officer, writer, Prime Minister of the UK
I hope all of you are doing well and not stressing too much about the upcoming holidays and what to do about them. My prayer is that you stay safe and enjoy them in a different and more creative way than usual. Allow them to be different!
I’ve been reflecting a lot about wisdom this week. As I channel messages and information I often hear “wisdom, information, and guidance”. So I’ve been sitting with what wisdom means to me. In fact I would add the single word “wisdom” to Winston Churchill’s quote. Like many people, I think of wisdom as a virtue. Where does it come from? Well, for many it comes when you’re centered in your heart space and your thoughts are quiet. When a question is asked the answer comes without thinking about or analyzing it. Wisdom is innate and available to anyone. Others consider wisdom as an ability to think and act using experience, knowledge, and insight. How about you? read more…
“Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.”
~ Rumi, Persian poet, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic
I realize that you may be feeling a wide range of emotions right now. Let’s take a moment to stop, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Bring your awareness into your heart space and imagine a flame burning brightly. Focus on the flame and feel your body begin to relax – every cell and fiber of your being is relaxing. Feel your thoughts begin to quiet. Now, feel the warmth of the flame that’s burning so bright and imagine it represents unconditional love. Take a moment and feel this love deep within you, through you, and as you. Remember, this is who you are at your core and remember how much you are loved by God/Goddess/All That Is, Source. Ahhhhh!! Allow this moment to help rejuvenate and refuel your energy from your heart space and love. Feel your inner strength grow.
This has been a crazy week of emotional ups and downs so please let yourself be gentle with you, right now. You deserve it! L.R. Knots, Author, feminist, and social justice activist tells us,“Do not underestimate the power of gentleness. Gentleness is strength wrapped in peace, and therein lies the power to change the world.” Answers, perseverance, courage, intuition, wisdom, and so much more resides within each one of us. Quieting thoughts, quieting your mind, and moving into your heart space helps to access them. Being able to “hear” the answers is key and requires minimizing and/or removing all background noise and thought. read more…