Dragons’ Eggs and Dogs

img_8615Beautiful Clear Quartz Dragon’s Egg, the ‘open’ side allows insight and vision whilst containing the healing properties of Clear Quartz. It stores information and will work with all chakras as it contains all colours.

Dragons’ Eggs, also known as Seer Stones, are usually naturally water polished crystals that have one side sliced off so you can access the inner world of the crystal.. These are wonderful stones for focus and meditation, as they are very tactile… As you hold them, you visualise and concentrate, returning deep to your inner self for healing and awareness.

img_8609My lovely Amethyst Dragon’s Egg – one of the most spiritual stones as it encourages selflessness and intuition, reaffirming our connection with the Divine. The ‘scrying’ or vision allows you to centre your emotions positively whilst dispelling the negative. 

It is also said that you can ‘programme’ your Dragon Egg to return you to a specific moment in time so you can experience it again and learn how to progress forwards. I prefer rather, to use them in the ‘here and now’, as a gentle focus to clear your mind and get in touch with your inner peace.

img_8626Two Smoky Quartz Dragons’ Eggs – these give you the insight to realise and accept your physical body. It is linked to the Base chakra, allowing energy to pass freely through the body and is grounding and protective. The stone on the left is chambered, due to the repeated chemical structure of crystals – added storage to hold your love and intentions. The one on the left clearly has four chambers and a cross… A powerful symbol in itself.

My mother is somewhat… sceptical of the idea of inner peace, yet if she is unable to walk her dog, Erin, then she is stressed and grumpy. Walking with her dog in the local country park is her way of retrieving inner calm that she may have lost touch with during the course of the day.

img_4842“AAAANNND EYEEEEE EEEE EYYYEEEEE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOUUUUUU!”

Erin is, herself, a calm and loving dog, her company is restorative and her eagerness, her ‘in-the-moment’ dogginess never fails to bring a smile to my face.

Dogs have an inbuilt intuition, perhaps born because of their long and close association with humans throughout the years. They instinctively know when we are upset, or worrying about something, and they do their best to comfort us.

img_5193-2“Tooth hygiene – important you know!”

I grieved terribly for my old cat, and mum’s dog at the time, Rowan, was so comforting. She would lay her head on my knee so I could stroke her, or prod m with her nose until I paid her some attention, as if to say:

I’m still here. Look, I feel your pain too…”

I read somewhere that when dogs put their paws on your knee, or anywhere else – my son has had a paw in the unwary face before – then they are trying to stroke you back.

I sometimes wonder what they would say to us if they could speak… I’m sure they would have deep, philosophical words to offer, secrets of the Universe… or maybe just:

Really? I’m having this brand of dog food again…?”

I know there is an indefinable comfort to be drawn from the presence of the dog, and although for the moment I am primarily a cat person, I miss the presence of my little dog, her unquestioning love and pleasure just at being alive and with me.

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I know I would worry about my mother more, as although we see her everyday, she lives by herself. Erin is with my mother constantly, both companion and comfort, instinctively knowing how to be around my mother. Dogs have the infinite wisdom of soul companions and a vast canine store of knowledge and love, the sort we can bless ourselves with through the sympathetic guidance and vision of these beautiful crystal Dragons’ Eggs.

img_8611My lovely Rose Quartz Dragon’s Egg – warms the heart as it works with the Heart chakra to instill emotional balance and healing, while allowing you to give and receive compassion. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Day Quote Challenge #2

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Day 2 – thank you again Nikhil of Weirdly Wired for this challenge… drop by his blog and have a look at his lovely writing!

Today’s theme is dogs…

So, rules:

  1. Post 1 quote each day for 3 days.
  2. A theme for each day would be nice (although not necessary)
  3. Nominate 3 blogs to pick up the challenge and pass on…

Don’t forget to let your nominees know on their blog… 

TAG, YOU’RE IT!

 

I’ve seen a look in dog’s eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt and am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts

John Steinbeck

My nominees today are:

  1. The Mad Terrier & Me
  2. life with 3 dogs
  3. A Vegetarian Gammy Takes A Hike ~ Then A Permanent Detour

 

Obviously, there is no pressure to accept – it’s just a bit of fun:)

Dalmationite and Dogs

For Alex…

My family’s dogs were a big part of my life when I was a little girl. I learned to stand, clutching fistfuls of fur and hauling myself upright against our German Shepherd Nikki, who bore my maulings good naturedly. I created miniature worlds between his paws as I sat and played, marching little animals across his shoulders… He also taught me my first adult lessons in grief… Returning home from school to find him gone, it broke my heart, but I thank him for his gentle love and guidance. In comparison to myself, my mother has always been a ‘dog person’. I am primarily a ‘cat person’ but I love dogs too and have had a couple who have co-existed happily alongside my various cats.

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Rosie was another notable character from my mother’s succession of dogs… my first sister dog, she taught my older son how to treat a dog. She would tolerate no nonsense, yet was loving and kind. When my younger son was born, I laid him at her paws. She sniffed him delicately, sensitive nose reading all the nuances of this new little person I had brought to her for inspection. Then she gave me a look as if to say:

Another one! Don’t you think I’ve done my duty?” However, she went on to become an adored auntie dog, to hug at the end of a hard school day and receive comfort and understanding from her wise brown eyes.

My older son was quite offended on one – he went towards his little brother, intending a play fight… he never reached him, as Rosie stood and pushed herself in front of my younger son. She bared her teeth – just slightly, but the message was clear:

Hey! We’ll have none of that here!”

She grew older as my son moved from toddlerhood into a little boy – he learned the same lesson I did at about the same age, our beloved animals never live as long as we want them to, but our lives are the better for having known them, and learned their lessons of love and loyalty that they have to teach.

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Next was Rowan, beautiful and golden. She took more to my older son, but had plenty of time to spend with my younger son. I watched them both, once, outside at my mother’s as my son drew complicated chalk pictures and explained them to her. She watched, fascinated, her ears twitching to the enthusiasm in his voice and eyes following every line of the chalk.

Good natured and loving, she also had a congenital heart defect that my mother was unaware of until it was too late. My son and I stood outside the vets while my mother said her goodbyes. As I comforted him, a tiny white feather floated down from the sky to land at our feet. I had my words:

Rowan was such a good dog, God could only lend her to us for a little while, then He needed her back. She’s left you a feather from her angel wings.” My son still has it.

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Now my mother has Erin, paler than the traditional Shepherd colours of black and tan – her father was white – show quality, but really just our little girl. She’s the most vocal dog Mum’s had, and can say things like “Horrible”, “Hungry” and “Harare”. Perhaps she’d like to visit. She’s loving, affectionate and trusting, my mother’s constant companion – I’d worry about her a lot more if she didn’t have a dog. Erin has one particular game that I find reasonably amusing… she shows me she’d like her toybox moving so she can look into it. Then I have to get her toys out, one by one, and show them to her. She’ll prod them with her nose and that’s a sign to put that one away. When I happen to choose the one she wants, she’ll grab it and run off… sounds quite tedious but the dog enjoys it! Another favourite is to chase my younger son around the garden, leaping and grabbing and SQUEEZING his bottom with her teeth to produce a scream…

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All these canine family members had, and have, love, loyalty, trust and an innocent sheer joy of life… Dalmationite helps you live in the moment, rather like a dog, encouraging you to enjoy this present incarnation and connecting to the base and sacral chakras. It is both protective and sensitive, a guard dog for the spirit, as it will enhance your awareness of danger but help you to remain calm and deal with it.

IMG_6222 (2)The black spots are Tourmaline – skulls don’t have to be scary, they are actually quite  a powerful symbol of new life and knowledge

A typical interpretation of this stone is that it can help you attune to the innocent child within, strengthening your sense of fun, helping to dissolve depression and restoring energy. Dalmationite can stop you from overthinking and help you get out there and just do it… At the same time, instilling awareness and the ability to plan for every eventuality. A good stone for children – what child doesn’t love puppies! – it encourages fidelity and stabilises emotions and can help you release the desire for revenge that could be potentially harmful to yourself. It’s another good stone to use for animals, enhancing the link between Mother Earth and her children.

I think we could learn a lot from our canine family, their unquestioning love and trust in us should be repaid in our care and love for them. Their ability for love and joy in life is one that we would do well to adopt ourselves… dogs just get along.

Walkies anyone?

_MG_6279“Hey! It’s good for all animals you know!”

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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Day #3 of 3 Day Quote Challenge

Canine Quotes:

 

Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.

Roger Caras

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Our dog chases people on a bike. We’ve had to take it off him.

Winston Churchill

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You think dogs will not be in Heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.

Robert Louis Stevenson

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My final nominations are:

Lilyandardbeg

Whippet Wisdom

Daily Feline Wisdom

 

Reminder of the rules:

Post 3 quotes for 3 consecutive days

Nominate 3 new blogs each day

 

Thank you to everybody who has looked, liked and followed! I enjoyed the challenge, I hope you all enjoyed reading. Thanks again 🙂

P.S. Sorry everybody, Whippet Wisdom did the challenge in April! My fault but check out their lovely blog for gentle, clever dogs, scenic pictures and words of canine wisdom. Thank you!