Murder… most crispy

img_6707

I didn’t mean to do it. Honest. And I feel awful too, absolutely horrible. I have killed my son’s Bonsai tree.

Bonnie-as she was known-was purchased from a special market that only comes to our city twice a year. They have wonderful stalls, one that makes French crepes, a subtle flick of the wrist and your pancake is done to perfection, sugar or syrup added and it is presented to you in a paper cone. No bits stuck to the ceiling as you try and flip, no acrid black smoke drifting through the house…A hand made chocolate stall, rich and dark, glistening with the sheen of luxury and finished with points of nut, sugared flowers…ethnic stalls with clothes and bags, bright zigzags of colour against the usual dull grey of the market square. An amazing Baltic Amber stall, chunks of the past polished and made into wonderful things…like trees…Yes, I know, I’m evading the issue…

My son and I were wandering entranced through the stalls when his eyes fell upon one previously unnoticed, selling Bonsai trees. His face lit up and he set off with determination. Even then, my heart sank a little, as I am not the world’s best gardener and any houseplants I am given are usually re-homed for their own safety.

wp_20160625_15_40_28_pro

Moss Agate – the ‘gardener’s talisman’ and beneficial for increased plant growth… 

However, these little trees were robust and jolly. Perfect miniatures of their giant counterparts, tiny leaves of emerald and jade, glowing with health and vitality. Some even had little flowers, dainty and delicate, that looked as if any minute a tiny fairy would pop out from behind its gnarled trunk.

After much debate and conversation with the stallholder, my son decided upon a Chinese honeysuckle. Not quite as aged as the others, her delicate trunk bore aloft fine branches and tiny twiglets, carrying miniscule leaves that shone green in the sun, bursting with health and vigour.

Proudly, my son bore her home, studied the instruction leaflet assiduously and installed her carefully in the optimum spot in his room. He named her Bonnie, spoke to her tenderly, watered her carefully and gently dug in the pellets of feed.

At first, Bonnie seemed to relish the attention, she stretched out more branches that my son carefully tweaked away to maintain her neat shape. Then something went wrong. She had a little accident where the cat sat on her…but nothing to DIE about. Her leaves lost their gleam. She seemed somewhat pallid and unhealthy.

Then one day when my son was at college and the sun was shining, I thought:

Perhaps she’d like a change of scene. The fresh air and sunshine might cheer her up.”

I carefully placed her on the garden table and left her. Overnight. I forgot.

When my son left for college the next day I rushed out and brought Bonnie in. She looked…crispy. As I looked, a couple of leaves fell off. I elected for the coward’s way out and replaced her in my son’s room still looking…crispy. Later, my son said:

Bonnie’s not looking too well, perhaps I’ll water her, and give her a bit of Reiki. Maybe gridding her with Clear Quartz points and Moss Agate will help.”

IMG_6492.JPG

Numbly, I nodded my head. Personally, I thought it was too late as Bonnie had probably already left for the big forest in the sky…

I love my son. He’s had some unpleasant incidents in his short time on this earth, but he remains calm, kind, immensely compassionate and forgiving… I told him what I had done. A brief look of pain crossed his face. Then he said:

It’s all right. We can get another one when the market comes again.”

A weight lifted off my conscience, but the black stain of murder remains in my mind. I’ll buy him an Amber tree…what could possibly go wrong with that?

img_6706

Crystals and Canines

Although I am no longer blessed with a dog of my own, I have always had dogs around me as I was growing up and my mother’s succession of German Shepherd dogs have been my sister dogs throughout my life – the featured image is a photo of me as a little girl with our German Shepherd, Nikki. Consequently, and also thanks to BrianLilyandArdbeg, I thought perhaps a dog and stones post might be in order.

IMG_5114 (2).JPG“Hey! What about cats?”

Crystals can be used to help animals as well as people, although I must emphasise that they are a complementary aid only and not a substitute for veterinary care for underlying medical conditions. There is, of course, the practical application of crystals to dogs, since, more often than not, they are unwilling to wear jewellery…and they don’t have pockets…So. At a recent Mind, Body and Spirit event, I met a lovely lady who made padded collars for animals, where you could insert tiny crystals, the tumbled ones, so they don’t press uncomfortably against the dog’s neck. You can adapt your own dog’s collar by sewing in a little padded pouch; or alternatively, you can place them in your dog’s bed, again, tucking them somewhere safe where an inquisitive snout can’t detect them and swallow them.

IMG_5227 (2)Erin snout inspecting various shades of Aventurine, for animals they can help wth purifying and healing the physical body…

Also you can “stroke” your dog with a polished crystal, or wand or egg, as you would use a brush to groom them, sending your intentions for the dog through the crystal. Individual animals will let you know which crystals they are drawn to by sniffing with interest or licking the actual crystals. Charlie made my Tiger’s Eye “hers” by rubbing her face on it, while Erin seems to like Dalmationite…

IMG_5265 (2).JPG

Another method is by gridding your dog or cat whilst they sleep. Basically, what it says: placing the crystals around your dog with them at the centre of the pattern. I tend to use the Star of David formation with Charlie as she fits neatly in the middle, but again, I must emphasise, safety first. Do not leave your dog unattended with crystals in case they swallow them. Very important. (On a side note, my son told me that some people have chakra stones actually medically inserted in the appropriate place under the skin on their body. Hmm…interesting idea, but I don’t think I’d go that far…)

IMG_5858And here we have Charlie demonstrating…

Clear Quartz is perhaps the number one crystal to have to hand when working with your dog. Known as the “Master Healer” it is very beneficial for humans and animals alike, when used primarily for dogs, it will enhance their vitality and balance their temperaments. It can encourage healing, boost their immune systems and alleviate symptoms of pain and inflammation. It is also good for amplifying intentions between dog and owner, so useful during training sessions.

IMG_5506 (2).JPG

Another good crystal for animals, dogs and cats in particular, is Amber. Although strictly speaking, it is fossilised tree resin, it is protective and detoxifying. It can be used to help with respiratory issues and is a calming positive crystal, good for use in direct contact with the dog, when grooming perhaps.

IMG_5219 (2)

Amethyst is another useful crystal, a good absorber of negativity, so beneficial in reducing stress in nervy dogs; likewise Blue Lace Agate, which is good for grumpy animals and calming anxiety. Carnelian is a good crystal for nerves, but again, it is down to which stone your dog is drawn. Selenite aids restful nights as it can help relax tightness in the muscles and aid with spinal alignment. Again, please note, these are complementary aids only and no substitute for veterinary treatment of any pre-existing, underlying medical issues.

IMG_5509 (2).JPG

Finally, Black Tourmaline is a good crystal for dogs that spend a lot of time in human company, mainly working dogs although I’m sure house dogs would also benefit from Black Tourmaline as it can help with skeletal problems, muscle strains and hormone imbalances. Another warning- Malachite, although beautiful to look at, is a crystal that MUST be handled with caution as it is VERY toxic, especially when rough, and should only be used in its polished form. If in doubt, check it out. Don’t take my word for it, consult a qualified crystal therapist. Safety for you and your dog (or any other animal) is my main concern here.

IMG_5924 (2).JPGThe beautiful, but toxic Malachite… never let your animal lick it or sniff it!

On that note, I would like to thank BrianLilyandArdbeg for the idea for this post and I can highly recommend their blog, filled with love and care, and useful, generous help.

Animals are closer to Mother Earth than we humans, and as such, many will respond to and benefit from the careful use of crystals in their day to day life. Dogs are creatures of joy and love; their capacity for happiness is infinite and rewarding.

IMG_4999 (3).JPG

All photographs Copyright © 2016 Alex Marlowe… apart from featured image!