What is Reiki?

Practiced around the world, Reiki is a ancient alternative healing technique that involves the exchange of energy between the practitioner and client to restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance. The Reiki practitioner opens to the “Life Force” allowing healing energy to flow through his or her body and simply makes it available to the client. This healing energy will then flow through the client to the extent they choose to open themselves to receive it.

What are Reiki Charged Candles?

Just prior to leaving the Crystal Journey manufacturing site, a certified Reiki Master charges the candles with a particular intent or healing energy. This energy is released when the candle is lit. The candle can be lit to simply enhance a particular energy, or it may be used to help accomplish a specific purpose or goal. However, it cannot create anything on its own because only we can control what we bring into our lives. These candles are simply a tool, albeit a powerful tool, to help us gain an understanding of where we may be blocking ourselves from attaining what we desire.

How Do I Use Crystal Journey Reiki Charged Candles?

To use the candle for a specific purpose, quiet your mind and focus on what you want to accomplish. Each candle comes with an affirmation to help you with this process, or you may want to write your own prayer of intention to make it more personal. For best results, when you are ready, light the candle and read intention prayer out loud. Sit quietly and see clearly in your mind what you wish to accomplish. You may want to ask your higher power to help you understand how you might be preventing this from coming into your life. Listen for your inner, or intuitive, voice to provide guidance. Now, let the candle burn for a period of time – for your safety, never leave a lit candle unattended – and then snuff out the flame (rather than blowing it out).

Burn the candle for a period of time each day (whatever length of time is convenient for you) until it has burned it completely down – for your safety, never leave a lit candle unattended.) You may want to recite your intention prayer each time you light the candle to help densify your desire. When it has completely burned down to where it will no longer light, take whatever remains, along with your intention prayer, and bury it in the earth to release the energy.

Crystal Journey Candles are all natural and have been blended with essential oils specifically selected to enhance the particular intention of the candle. They have also been charged with healing energy by a Reiki Master to further enhance the intention. Therefore it is not unusual to experience a sudden flood of emotions or memories as you burn down the candle. Should this occur, consider it a healing process; take a deep breath and give your attention to what you are experiencing as it will often provide you with insight into areas where you may be blocking yourself or that you may need to work on, or issues that need to be resolved.

How Do I Select the Right Healing Crystal?

The same principles apply as selecting a healing crystal in person – it is what you are drawn to. Here is what we recommend:

  • Take a deep breath in and release it slowly allowing yourself to relax.
  • Close your eyes and hold in your mind what you would like the healing crystal to help you accomplish – this can be a thought or a mental image.  If the crystal is for someone else, hold the person in your mind and mentally “see” or feel what you would like the crystal to help them with.
  • When you are ready, open your eyes and scan through the crystal images on our website looking for those you are drawn to. It may look brighter than the others or your eyes may simply be drawn to it. You also may be attracted to more than one.

How Can I Safely Clean My Sterling Silver Jewelry?

To me there is nothing worse than seeing my beautiful handmade jewelry sitting in my jewelry box because it is too tarnished to wear. But I hate using chemical cleaners on my pieces because I’m always concerned about the damage they could do to my stones and to the silver itself. Good News! I have found two easy methods to safely clean our sterling silver.

Let’s start with a quick chemistry lesson:  The tarnish on silver is a layer of black silver sulfide that gives your silver a dull greyish, and eventually black, color. It is formed when silver is exposed to sulfur, which can be found in many common items including tomatoes, eggs, mustard, paper, certain synthetic fabrics, and even in the air we breath. Commercial silver cleaners literally remove the layer of tarnish, so every time you use one to remove tarnish, you are also removing a thin layer of silver.  Additionally, with a few exceptions, the abrasive quality of silver cleaners makes it hazardous to use when soft gemstones and pearls are present in the setting.

There are two methods I know of that will safely remove the tarnish by reversing the chemical reaction that originally created it, thus leaving the silver intact. Do not use either of these methods on settings containing Opals. Opals have a high fluid content, which is why they are so delicate and easily damaged.  I recommend that Opal jewelry only be cleaned using a commercial ionic cleaner or better yet, by a professional.

Method One

Place a small amount of white toothpaste directly on the silver object. With a soft cloth or such as an old cotton t-shirt, gently work the paste over the surface of the object, concentrating on the heavily tarnished areas. Adding a drop of olive oil will help make the toothpaste spread more easily. As the tarnish begins to disappear, the toothpaste will turn grey and you may detect a slight smell of sulfur. Allow the paste to dry and then rinse with hot water. Gently buff the silver with a soft cloth, such as flannel, to restore the shine.

Method Two

This is a method I frequently use. I personally have found it safe for gemstones, including pearls, but I always recommend using care when working with delicate stones.  Do not use this on opals.

  • Add a tbsp of salt to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  • While you are waiting for the water to boil, line the bottom of a glass, heat-proof container (such as a Pyrex pan) with aluminum foil.
  • Place your silver pieces on the aluminum foil – they must touch the foil.
  • Sprinkle 2 tbsp of baking soda over everything.
  • Slowly add the hot water to the pan so the pieces are completely covered – the chemical reaction will begin immediately and will cause the solution to boil up, so be careful!  To err on the side of caution, I also avoid pouring the water directly on the piece I am cleaning.
  • The process will take between 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the degree of tarnish and the number of pieces being cleaned. When the piece looks clean, remove it from the solution and buff it with a soft cloth such, as flannel, to restore the shine.

For badly tarnished pieces, I repeat the process by just adding more hot water and, if necessary, little more baking soda. The reaction will take place regardless of the temperature of the water – however, the cooler the water the slower the reaction rate and the slower the pieces will clean. If you prefer to work with cooler water, you may need to leave the pieces in the solution overnight. Also note that the aluminum foil will eventually be exhausted after several uses and will need to be replaced with a fresh piece.