Crystal Meditation vs. Crystal Workshop (why, and what’s the difference?)

What's the point of a Crystal Meditation (or a Workshop)? You might say: "I can do this all on my own, and I have everything I need - I know how to read - I bought the books!" Sure - have at it - but two things make doing an actual Crystal Meditation (or Workshop) with me, well worth it.
mystic light, emanating from a crystal point
mystic light, emanating from a crystal point

First of all, I have my own approach - I've sourced all my information intrinsically, "from on high" (no, not channelled, per se) - and from experience. I have actually been working with Crystals for 25 years! I don't read "the books," so you're not likely to hear what you've heard before.

In fact, I take issue with a lot of what's been written. It's too generalized, simplistic, and fantastic (in the literal sense of that word). If I can't feel it myself, or understand it - because it's seemingly arbitrary, contrived, and poorly explained - then I don't want to go there.

I have something unique to share. Whichever way you connect with me - including online - which is a major priority for me...to deliver some virtual content & value...but more on that developing saga (of reaching out to a bigger audience through the Internet) another time.
the power of collective upliftmentWhether on the Web, or in person, the key is interaction. That's the second thing that makes taking either a Class/Workshop, or doing a Meditation worthwhile...the people!
My knowledge doesn't exist in a vacuum - it comes out more with others (than on my own) - and everyone attending has a lot to contribute, too. I'm always amazed by people's observations - what they're going through - and what they're learning. We all have a lot to teach one another!
Those are two strong "why's." Now let me tell you more about the "how" of what's involved...
In a Crystal Meditation, I begin without any stones: for us to remember we're biological beings - with minerals "inside" us - but we're impermanent, mostly liquid (water...blood...bodily fluids).
We're floating, here only for a time. And filled with our own concerns - "busy mind" - which we want to calm and center, ground and "space out" (ie. make receptive to new and deeper experiences).
Perhaps we introduce an intention, or a question, for you to go in and research, or cultivate the answer to, and maybe bring forth into your consciousness. We invite your Soul into the common space of the group, for this out-of-the-ordinary opportunity. Sacred safe-space is key - no judgements - no criticism.
People may share what they've come up with, or what's come up for them...
diamantina laser polarity
diamantina laser polarity

Then comes 1 (or more) guided meditations including Crystals, because they're what makes this a Crystal Meditation, after all!

The fact that I'm leading, makes it a Crystal Concentrics (my brand of) Meditation, as well.

We explore themes, in the context of the chosen Power Stones, which serve to focalize our thoughts and energies. Some may be held - or you can hold your own Crystals - and we go through that (and share again).

Topics have included Grounding, Sickness, Reconnecting with Spirit, and more. The list could go on and on. What we're not doing here - is a prescribed program - going from a A to Z in a set curriculum. We don't offer certifications or grant titles - making you a Master of this - or that.
This is another distinction of the Crystal Concentrics way. It's not linear - so, in keeping with the name - it has to do with circles: moving outward, cross referencing, interconnecting. Most of all, it's a process, a process which does not end. It evolves, like a ripple in a pond...spreading out, dissipating...and then starting again elsewhere - just like the movement of our Souls, through this - and other lives, planes, times, and places.
the Cosmology of Crystals
a sample presentation of the Cosmology of Crystals

 

Finally, and this does not happen every time, we might create a layout, or even a portal, to galvanize several energies at once, including the power of our collective presence and consciousness.

We have evoked "The River of Life," "The Cosmology of Crystals," and "The Pillar of Light" (an energy source for healing, and a passageway into the sublime).
All of this in an hour and half!
More or less time could be taken - depending on the circumstances.
Online, for example, may be more of a "get-down-to-business" scenario...since there's less time for meet-and-greet. But it could end up similarly - as I'm new to it - and haven't explored all the possibilities yet.
In person certainly has its advantages, but because of our efforts, and the Crystals themselves - which work so powerfully with the archetypes of our minds - it is actually possible to have every bit as powerful experiences virtually, as you can live. The imagination is a powerful landscape, and you can travel there easily, with or without your body.
grounding Hematite
grounding, superior specimen of Hematite

I do not advocate for an "out-of-body" lifestyle, though. To the contrary, most illnesses of mind and body are worsened (or even brought on) by dissociation with the physical. And I totally understand that trauma can leave you wanting to leave your body (or be anywhere else).

Ultimately, you have to take care of, and be in your body. Otherwise, what's the point of being here(?), when there are other levels of existence (and non-existence) to get to.
Important, life-changing choices have to be made, and individual, one-on-one sessions, are where I explore that work (and any particular challenges you may be facing in that area). The beauty of private work is that you get all of the attention: the entire time is spent on your process. Nobody else shares. Nobody else's needs matter (in that period).
Group meditation and the workshop environment may not be for you if you're grappling with your own issues consumingly. They may be clouding your capacity to be in community. At the same time, it can be liberating to be in the company of others, and to levitate from your own well - see a fuller landscape - and appreciate anothers' perspective.
Moving on, you might also ask: "Now the Crystal Concentrics Workshop - how is that different from - and why would I want to participate in one of those, instead of (or additionally to) the Crystal Meditation experience?"
The Workshop definitely incorporates Meditation, and all of the elements discussed above. It takes twice as long, though, because there's a whole different aspect, that is unique to it. The educational, instructional piece, is what makes it stand out.
the Chakras as I-statements
the Chakras as I-statements

People want to know about the bigger picture, not just the specific energies employed during one Meditation (valuable as that may be). They want to understand how all (or most) of the major varieties (or one specific variety) of Power Stones "works," and is interrelated with the others. For that reason, I introduce paradigms: frameworks that quantify, or organize our ways of thinking (and feeling) about the full spectrum of Crystals.

Which concept can (loosely) hold, or allow for the interpretation of the whole of the mineral "kingdom," as it relates to the human bodily (and ethereal) energies?
Another question we might ask is "How, with thousands of varieties out there - can we (without getting all Scientific about it) - group into a smaller number of categories, the astonishing multiplicity of Crystals in existence?"
Even a single stone has so many attributes - by what means can we judge, or place it - on a variety of continuums for description, simultaneously?
All these are the types of queries we address in my Workshops.
To find out more, really, you should simply attend. Rest assured, that no two events - be they Meditations or Workshops (I call them Workshops, and not Classes, because they're more participatory than "just a class") - no two meetings will be identical.
There's no "I heard that before," or "there he goes again," because I strive to approach every happening freshly. Even repeat guests cannot have been to every event - as I have - so if I can not be repetitious in myself, I'll always move forward. That way, I can be sure to keep our experiences new and different.
As always - to get these updates & more ('cause my work is not only my Blog - I have newsletters, and numerous other Links for you to check out) - please email me at CrystalConcentrics@gmail.com.
To see my actual Calendar / Schedule of Events, click here. I hope to see or meet you soon! I'm happy to share with you the adventure of this work!
Regards,
Kyle Russell
Founder of Crystal Concentrics
and Power Stone Crystals

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