Passion, Power, Purpose

I believe that at some level each of us desires to live our lives with passion, power and purpose.  Those 3 little words really hold a charge and with them a desire to step up and bring every facet of our lives into alignment with our own passion and purpose.

One of my many passions is stones.

It’s one that I have been exploring and embracing for as long as I can remember.  But it wasn’t until I committed to creating gemstone jewelry that I began to feel the power of their transformation.

For the past several months I have been taking time to connect with each of the unique stone types in my collection…to photograph it, listen to its message, and then share that message.  It’s been powerful.  I have learned so much and this little journey has transformed how I work with stones.

My most recent study has been pyrite.  This heavy little stone packs quite the punch.  When I wear it I feel like my internal battery is charged.  I’m focused, on task and I flow from one activity to the next with minimal distraction…it’s like a cure for my creative spirit that often feels a bit add.

Not only does it keep me focused, but it seems to be a master manifestor.  Yes, I did actually say that.  Pyrite is a master manifestor.  Every time I place this stone on my wrist I become clear about my wants, desires and dreams…and not only that…my experience of life is coming into alignment with those desires.  It is incredibly refreshing.

I’m loving this stone and I am so excited to share the latest addition to the Journey Jewels collections:  Passion, Power, & Purpose bracelets….Shop Now

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Passion, Power & Purpose Quotes

“To be blessed with visions is not enough…we must live them.”  – High Eagle

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”  – Marshall Ferdinand Foch

“If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.”  – Marian Anderson

“‘What will they think of me?’ must be put aside for bliss.”  – Joseph Campbell

“To explore what it would mean to live fully, sensually alive and passionately on purpose, I have to drop my preconceived ideas of who and what I am.”  – Dawna Markova

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New Jewels…Introducing the ‘Crystal Clarity’ Collection

All of this recent talk about clarity, change and creating new space with the change of seasons has inspired me…and a New Fall Collection!

Yes, you guessed it…each piece features a Quartz Crystal Point!  They are a beautiful combination of my favorite stones and materials…quartz, moonstone, labradorite, freshwater pearls, and even deerskin leather.  They can be worn as separates or all together.  I am so excited to share these pieces with you…shop here

Have a beautiful week
and with the clarity of Quartz…Shine Brightly!
Lori
Crystal Clarity Collection - Journey Jewels

I LOVE to Dance

It’s not secret…I love to dance!  On most days…you can find me dancing around my studio while creating, dreaming, and visioning.  Dancing opens my heart.  It allows me a method of expressing and honoring emotions, fears, and celebrations.  It creates a flow of energy that melds into creative expression….that melds into art…I love it!

Toni Bergins & Lori Andrus at Midwest Yoga ConferenceNearly two years ago I had an opportunity to meet Toni Bergins founder of JourneyDance™…I instantly fell in love with the JourneyDance™ process…I could feel my heart open, expand, and simply release all of the emotion bound in my body.  I found myself diving deep into my subconscious and allowing all that lives there to flow and be expressed.

Today, I’m thrilled to share with you one of Toni’s most recent videos…created by Cleveland Groove.  And I am thrilled to point out that Toni is wearing her Journey Jewels necklace and earrings!  Her necklace, also a prayer mala, “Journey of Infinite Love” is available at http://journeydance.com/store

Enjoy…& Dance in Celebration!

4th Chakra – Heart Chakra

Greetings!

Did you know I LOVE heart centered stones?…And would you believe I have nearly 30 different designs on my website specifically for love and the heart chakra?

I was amazed too!

I have been creating jewelry for as long as I can remember…but it was not until I created a Rose Quartz necklace and stepped into my heart that I began to recognize my ability to connect with stones and create beautiful, empowering pieces of jewelry was a true gift.  Since that time I have been creating jewelry for others who are ready to step into their heart, to offer themself the gift of love and embrace the next facet of their sacred journey.
Are you ready to begin your journey?  The pathway begins in your heart!

Much love,
Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels

p.s.  I put together each of my Favorite heart centered pieces into one Collection… Jewels for the Heartshop now!

4th Chakra – Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

4 - Heart Chakra Original art in Oil on Canvas by Lori A Andrus ©2011

…the colors green and pink, is located in the center of the chest.  The heart chakra is responsible for all aspects of giving and receiving love.  It is the gatekeeper, the center point chakra between the root and the crown chakras.  It allows energy to flow evenly between all chakras creating a bridge of love between the heavens and the earth.

Affirmation:  I know the power of unconditional love.  With an open heart I give and receive love…honoring all of Creation.

4th Chakra Stones

Rose Quartz is the stone of Love!  It creates a deep Unbound Love for self, for others, and for Mother Earth awakening an awareness of our connection with all of creation!
Pink Opal refreshes your soul and awakens you to the magnificence of the universe and all that is.
Chrysoprase awakens your heart anf fills it with joy so you may see all of life with love and compassion.
Rhodochrosite awakens a deep sense of unconditional love & compassion.  It opens the gateway at your heart connecting the experiences of your life with your inner wisdom & knowing.
Peace Jade reminds us to first find peace within ourself.  It expands the heart center connecting it with both Source and Mother Earth.
Aventurine is a stone of love and vitality.  It revitalizes your luminosity, balances the energy from your root chakra through your crown, so that you shine brightly with your heart centered truth.

A Little Music makes me Shine….

It has been an incredibly busy time…both in my life and in the Journey Jewels studio.

Lori & Wade MorissetteLast weekend I had an opportunity to meet and enjoy the live music of Wade Morissette.  He was in the Milwaukee area at YogAsylum for the weekend offering an evening of live music and a great yoga class.  His music has been a long time favorite of mine…and one of his songs (So Alive) is actually the background music in a video I collaborated with Cleveland Groove to create about my love for stones, creating jewelry and Journey Jewels… watch the video

I love listening to music while creating…I sing along, dance and get silly in my studio…Wade’s music is often at the top of the list…in particular the song ‘So Alive.’  It reminds me to enjoy every moment and every breath and to allow myself to express the beauty and fullness of being ‘So Alive’ in everything I do.

How will you express the beauty and fullness of your life today?..How will you let your Light Shine?

Much love,
Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels

The Greatest Love

Beach Stone Heart

Greetings…& Happy Valentine’s Day

As we enter this week of love and celebrate Valentine’s Day…I invite you to take a moment to share your love with another…and especially with yourself!  Remember “Learning to love yourself is the Greatest Love of All!”

With Much Love!
Lori A Andrus
Journey Jewels

p.s.  In honor and celebration of the life and beautiful music of Whitney Houston…enjoy this link to her song “The Greatest Love”

Stones for Love…

I just LOVE heart centered stones…Rose Quartz, Garnet, Rhodochrosite…and so many more!  I gathered my favorite pieces to create this unique collection for Valentine’s Day.  Share the Love!

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2nd Chakra – Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra

Original Art in Oil on Canvas ©Lori A Andrus 2011

…the color orange and located just below the navel, it is connected with all forms of creativity…from the creation of life to creative expression.
Body Parts:  ovaries, testes, prostate, spleen, uterus, bladder

Affirmation:  Knowing my authentic rhythm, I courageously express my creative spirit.

Buy 2nd Chakra prints and cards

Stones for the Sacral Chakra Root Chakra Stones

Carnelian ignites your inner fire and creative spirit.  It brings a deep sense of peace and connection with the Divine, the true source of inspiration.  This breathes life into concepts and ideas while also supporting you in taking action.

Huayruro Seed …These playful red seeds are believed to promote health and bring good luck.  They are a reminder that as we plant the seeds of our dreams, nourish them, and allow them time to grow…our dreams, just as seeds, flourish.

Red Aventurine … reminds us of our innate Creative Nature by awakening the Sacral Chakra…the center of fertility and creativity.  Red Aventurine teaches us to recognize and honor the ways in which we already creatively express ourselves, and then to push our own boundaries with that expression.