Happy Full Moon!

Well…it is Friday, April 6th, and a full moon.  It has been a very interesting day to say the least.  It began with my dog Pele injuring his right leg as he ran outside this morning and then shortly after getting him back in the house and settled, two finches crashed into our front window.  I looked out the window and saw one laying in a shrub.  I went out to check on it almost certain it was dead…but it appeared to be breathing.  I saw another on the ground looking a bit mangled, also breathing faintly.  For a moment I paused, frozen with sadness and a deep feeling of unknowing…what can I do?…how can I help…can I help?…or is death inevitable for them.  My mind raced with questions…and at the end of every thought was “Lori…these are birds, finches, your yard is full of them, don’t worry about them, let them do their thing…if they die, they die.”  But that phrase filled me with even more sadness and I couldn’t bare the thought of walking away.

So I reached down to the one laying on the ground.  I scooped her up in my hands and we sat there for a moment.  Almost instantly I knew I needed to pull the other one out of the bush, so I did.  I sat with two very dazed finches in my hands and didn’t really know what to do next.  So I prayed…I prayed and imagined I were St. Francis. I imagined I was talking to the birds and in that moment I knew the love in my hands had the ability to heal these birds.

They remained nestled into my hands and then eventually something happened, they became more alert, and then they looked at me wondering how they arrived in my hands, yet knowing it was a safe space.  I was stunned, stunned that I was able to pick them up and stunned that they were becoming lively.Finches in Lori's hands

My husband came out with the camera…all three of us posed for some pictures.  Then one flew away.  The other, still a bit dazed sat in my hand.  Lori's hands & finches


Lori & purple finchThis little lady hung out with me a bit longer.  We had a little chat (ok, maybe the chat was in my imagination, but none the less it was quite meaningful to me).  She allowed me to stroke her feathers, to talk with her and to just look at each other with complete awe.  This was the first time I have ever held a wild bird in my hands, and it was absolutely amazing!  I’m so happy Chris was able to snap some pictures!



4th Chakra – Heart Chakra


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.

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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Are You ready to Shine?

The Iowa City Yoga Festival came to a close Sunday evening, and everyone was radiating a beautiful yoga glow.  It was powerful to be surrounded by such a collective energy, and it reminded me how important it is to embrace our authentic self and allow our own light to shine brightly.

“We are all meant to shine….And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” -Marianne Williamson

Iowa City Yoga Fesival Throughout the weekend I connected with countless amazing people who truly embodied and expressed the beauty of what it means to live in the “Heartland.”  Being a Midwest girl, I’ve often heard that phrase, but over the past weekend I experienced the word “Heartland” differently and recognized that knowing what it is to live in the land of the heart is the key to truly shining!

I invite you to live from the land of your heart…to truly shine with love for yourself and for others!Lori & James Miller

With much Love, Shine Brightly!

Lori A Andrus

Journey Jewels

A heartfelt thank you to James Miller and all who came together to make last weekends yoga festival possible.