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Ethical Mining

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We believe with every cell in our body that every single endeavor should be guided by a moral compass. Our moral compass is simple: ‘Highest good to all, harm to none.’ It guides our pricing, our vibrational mixology solutions, our packaging, our brand and most certainly our crystal and mineral suppliers.

As of now, we can say with certainty that at least 70% of our products are sourced ethically. But let’s clarify the definition of ethical. Most believe it has to do with paying miners a living wage, however, we have a higher value definition of ethical practices and that is how the miners and mine owners treat the planet. For instance, we partner and purchase directly from two miners in the Himalayan Mountains. All of our Black Tourmaline and Dravite is mined by a unionized group out of Nepal that does not use explosives. On the India side of the Mountains, our Meru Quartz and most of our palm stones and hearts are mined and manufactured by partners that do not use dynamite. They mine by hand and carry the material off the Mountain on their own backs. We pay them quite handsomely to do this.  They also pay their employees quite well.

Just to name a few, our meteorites are purchased from the people who dig and collect themselves. Our selenite comes directly from miners in Morocco. Our sound healing tools are sourced directly from family businesses that are devoted to healing. One of our partners sent his daughter to university in the UK to study music and sound healing. Our Palo Santo and Peruvian stones come directly from a generational family operation in Peru. Our product pouches (Silk Sari & Felt) are handmade from recycled or upcycled materials and the money goes directly to the incredible woman who craft each one.

The other 30% of our products will be certified by us once travel restrictions are lifted. Mine visits for our Fluorite and our Labradorite are already being planned. This is crucial to us. We have been assured at least miners are treated well and paid well, but we must see for ourselves.

We are in the process of solidifying a relationship for our Amethyst, Rose Quartz and Citrine with a family-owned mine in Brazil. With the pandemic ravaging their country, we have experienced a few delays.

Our promise is to keep you abreast of all our ethical practices. Our goal is to guarantee 100% of our products and pouches are ethically sourced, from both the people and the planet.

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Cut the Cord with Selenite

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Selenite is a powerful workhorse stone on its own, though paired with black tourmaline, they are unstoppable.

Our selenite is from Morocco.  It carries a visually lovely and hypnotic prism effect on its surface.  Selenite is a soft stone (2 on the Mohs Scale), so do not submerge in water.

Metaphysically speaking, you can easily devote a day reading all the websites praising Selenite’s ability to open the crown chakra, as well as promote calmness, concentration and aid in communicating with the wisdom of angels.  All of this is true, but a warrior like myself is drawn to it’s clearing properties.  Sure, it can help fend off stress, anger or exhaustion.  More importantly, it can cut ‘cord’ connections and clear away negative energies/entities.

I found a prize piece of Selenite from a dealer in the foothills of Mt. Ida in Arkansas.  This piece is special, it’s an enhydro (ancient water trapped while the crystal was forming).  Sometime later I asked a friend if she would allow me to ‘wand’ around her body so to clear any energies that weren’t serving her.  She agreed.  All was fine and normal until I got to her tailbone area (also known as the back of our first chakra).  Suddenly, she dropped to her knees, sobbing.  Because I understood where this energy or this cord was relieved, I begun to ask her questions how she was feeling and if anything was coming up from her childhood.  She responded ‘how did you know?’  She begun to share a very personal and oppressive story of her childhood.  Within minutes, she shifted.  She released or she cleared the energy that was no longer serving her.  This friend is still a friend.  And she shifted since that faithful night on Mt. Ida.  I don’t think a transformation like this is guaranteed for everyone.  But I share this story so you can see the possibilities.

We include Selenite in every clearing bowl for it's powerful clearing properties.  We recommend you carry the small pieces in a pocket, a bra, your car and/or your bedside table.  We are also recommend selenite planks for clearing your other stones or crystal jewelry.  And lastly, for you warriors, we have a small number of selenite daggers for those ‘just in case’ moments in Earth School.

Visit our Selenite page to see an assortment of Selenite objects.

Selenite for Purchase

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Clearing the Spiritual "Dirt" with a Clearing Bowl

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When we enter our home, we need something to help us clear the spiritual ‘dirt’ off our body and aura.  Our home is our sanctuary.  In many cultures, it is required for people to remove their shoes as they are considered unclean.  When you trek around town, say walk into a McDonald’s or a Wal-Mart, you pick up dirt on your footwear.  Same principal holds true for dirty energy on your body and in your energy field.

The purpose of a clearing and protection bowl is to clear unwanted energy.  Place your bowl by your front door and run your hands through it each time you come home.  You can also tote your bowl around to other parts of the house and use accordingly.  Suzanne and I have four in our home.  The biggest and baddest one is placed in the center of our dining room table.

If after running your hands through your clearing bowl you happen to feel better, don’t be surprised.  Crystals are made-up of SIO2, the same chemical make-up we have in our bodies.  These are not foreign substances to the human body, they are the same as us.

We have designed a clearing bowl for you.  Our bowls to not only clear energy, but protect your spirit, ground you, release old energy, promote calmness and surround you in love.  We use the highest quality stones, minerals, plants and flowers to assist you in this daily ritual.

The crystals in your bowl will never need to be ‘cleaned’ since Selenite is one of the stones.  Selenite clears others stones and never needs to be cleared itself.

You can certainly make your own clearing and protection bowl with the above ingredients.  But we’ve done most of the work for you.  If you purchase one of our clearing bowls kits, you will receive everything you need.  Pour the contents into any bowl you choose.  We also offer a small inventory of Tibean singing bowls to use as your vessel.

Clearing and Protection Bowl Kits


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Black Tourmaline the Crystal World's BadAss

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I’ve been asked over and over why this particular black tourmaline from the Sindhupalchowk Mine outside of Katmandu is so powerful.  I can only respond with one simple word ‘alchemic’.  It’s simply magic.  Especially for those needing some peace from unseen forces. 

As the old adage goes ‘don’t bring a knife to a gunfight,’ as every day we wander into the cosmic wilderness where we cannot venture empty-handed. Whether you carry one in your pocket, bra (my pocket), handbag, backpack, car, or place by your front door or on your bedside table, black tourmaline is your armor. It’s far more powerful where light must vanquish dark than any knife or gun. 

Extensive Experience

In the last seven years, since I discovered this powerful stone, there may be enough stories to fill another book.  This stone provided spiritual protection for a very sensitive three-year-old girl suffering from nighttime visitations in San Diego.  A two-year-old boy exhibiting night terrors in rural Oklahoma.  A grown man in Phoenix who suffered from sleep paralysis since he was nine-years-old and now no longer has to encounter the Hat Man.  Same for a mom of two in California, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin and Florida. 

A woman in Bentonville, AR suffered from night terrors ever since she could remember, this is no longer the case since using our black tourmaline.  Interestingly, the woman in Bentonville, is somewhat of a clairvoyant. The first night she placed a piece of large black tourmaline on her nightstand, one by her sliding glass door and another underneath the bedroom window.  When she laid down, still wide awake, she saw an almost invisible shield around her, emanating an electric blue color.  She reports seeing movement on the other side of the shield, entities pushing to get through (to no avail). 

There are countless other stories from over the years. I can assure you since I offered black tourmaline as a solution to these folks for their various issues, not a single report of any further abnormal disturbances.

Brenda and I both have set a protective grid in each of our homes with black tourmaline – no issues to report (which is a big deal given Brenda is a lighthouse for spirits).  I even keep a ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ plastic popcorn bucket full of the stone in my car.  Not a single accident, not even a fender bender.

Powerful Properties

Black tourmaline has interested spiritualists and scientists for thousands of years.  Magicians once used the stone to protect their space while casting spells.  The Curies studied the piezoelectric (ongoing electric charge) held by the stone.  The father of electricity, Benjamin Franklin himself, performed countless experiments with black tourmaline trying to harnass its electrical charge.  

  • It’s clear from the scientist’s that black tourmaline holds an electrical charge, even when sitting untouched. Once you place it in your hand, the charge increases. 
  • Our tourmaline from Katmandu is double terminated. A small percentage actually have multiple terminations, some up to twenty.  A termination is the endpoint of a stone which energy flows.  The energy of a double terminated stone flows both ways.  The more terminations, the more directions energy will flow. 
  • Color psychology tells us that the color ‘black’ is both mysterious and protective. It creates a barrier between itself and the outside world. 
  • Additionally, our tourmaline hails from the Himalayan mountains. It has been proven with crystal oscillators that Himalayan stones carry a higher vibration than other crystals and stones. Is it the elevation?  Sacred land?

Can these factors contribute to the protective power of black tourmaline?  Probably so.  And so much more.

Use the links below to visit our store to get your kick butt armor!

Black Tourmaline by the Ounce

Black Tourmaline for Gridding your Home

Black Tourmaline Large Specimens


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