Seasons of Change – Clearing Your Space

I just love this weekend…for me it feels like the gateway to fall. I know, I know…it’s not technically fall, that’s nearly a month away, but every year when this weekend arrives, the last weekend in August, I feel like the door has opened to the fall season, and for me that feels like a season of change.

Most of my life has, in someway, revolved around the school calendar, and this weekend is often the final weekend of summer vacation.  When I was young I spent this weekend at the county fair, and now I spend it at our local ‘ArtStreet’.  It feels like a time of savoring the expansiveness of summer and a time for squeezing in the last couple summer projects.

So yes, you guessed it…this weekend I did both.  I welcomed this season of change by repainting my living room and I savored the expansiveness of summer by parusing the fabulous art at ArtStreet.
My Blue Living room
Re-painting a room is an incredibly cleansing process and one that often ignites a series of changes…not to mention I just love how differently I feel after.

Of course it’s not always possible to repaint a room, but there are many ways to get that fresh feeling.  I have some tips for you on space clearing.Image

Each room in your house hosts a different purpose and energy.  As you begin your clearing process, ask yourself what you would like to feel and/or experience every time you enter this room.  Allow this to be your intention in clearing the space and imagine that in every action you are weaving this intention into the room.

1.  Clear away any and all clutter – clutter is a distraction, not to mention it holds any frustrations, fears, or other heavy energies in your space.  It will pull you away from where and how you would most like to spend your time.

2.  Wash, vacuum, dust…thoroughly clean your space

3.  Let in the light, Let in the fresh air.  Open your windows and doors

4.  Smudge – use sage (for releasing any negativity, sadness, or heaviness), sweetgrass (for welcoming a mellow soothing feeling), palo santo wood (for cleansing and refreshing) or your favorite incense.  Gently sweep the smoke from your smudge throughout the room.  Open a window to allow the smoke and cleared energy outside.

5.  Crystals & Stones – yes…these are always a part of my cleansing process.  If they’ve been in that space, I clear them too (check out this video on how to cleanse your stones).  Then I carefully select the stones that will support my intention for this space and I create a sacred arrangement withsacred arrangement to match my intention.

Here’s example of how I would use each of these tips if I were clearing my bedroom.  I like my bedroom to be a space where I feel nurtured, peaceful, loved and well rested.  So I would begin by removing anything from the space that does not support those feelings. As I cleaned, dusting under my bed and behind my furniture, I would think about how having a clean bedroom allows me to feel “nurtured, peaceful, loved, and well rested.”  As I smudged my room with sage I would also reflect on those words, releasing any thoughts or ideas that do not support that vision for my bedroom experience.  Then I would gather stones that also support those intentions and place them in a grouping on a plate on my nightstand.

Have a blast & enjoy Clearing Your Space

With the clarity of quartz, Shine Brightly!



Happy Full Moon!

ImageTonight is full moon, and the full moon is a wonderful day to reflect on your personal intentions, clarify them and then empower your stones with your intentions. 

The full moon is a brilliant light that fills both the night sky and brings a fresh light to your dreams. 

Here are a couple suggestions to guide your experience…

1.  Listen to your heart and acknowledge what is needing to be heard.  What is your heart asking you to step into or embrace in your life experience

2.  Focus your hearts desire into an intention.  Bring it into an “I Am…” phrase.

3.  Connect with the energy…allow yourself to engage each of your senses and feel the intention as though it already exists.

4.  Hold your stone in your hands.  Use your breath to blow the energy of that intention into the stone.

5.  Place your stone on a window sill or right on the earth in the moonlight, let the moon bring it’s bright light to your stone and to your intention.  Be sure to collect your stone early in the morning…sunlight is clearing and we want the stone to hold the moons power.

6.  Carry your stone with you every day for the next 28 days…the first 14 will be a time of quiet, going within, gaining understanding and also strengthening yourself to live your intention.  The second 14 days will be your window of opportunity to step into your vision!

Have fun, and post your experience below

Shine Brightly!

Lori A Andrus

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.

3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra

3rd Chakra – Solar Plexus Chakra

Solar Plexus Chakra

Original Art in Oil on Canvas ©Lori A Andrus 2011

…the color yellow, located just below the sternum it is connected with feeling worthy and all aspects of personal power and will.  When strong, clear, and balanced, it serves as a personal beacon or guiding light.
Body Parts:  Pancreas

Affirmation:  Confidently radiating who I am, my light shines brightly!

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3rd Chakra Stones

3rd Chakra Stones

Citrine brings clarity to your personal will, enhances a sense of personal power, and offers the creativity needed to manifest all of your dreams.
Tiger Eye is a stone of courage, inner strength, and finding balance between all dualities.
Aragonite creates a sense of optimism by bringing inner balance, completion to tasks, and a confident expression of ones inner radiance.
Mookaite Jasper creates a deep connection to Mother Earth awakening your ability to source from the Earth for vitality, passion, and energy creating a youthful air!

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.

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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.