How To Decolonize- Step I, Part I:

CHANGE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

This is HUGE.

And way easier said than done.

You have spent an entire lifetime enforcing your eating habits. From what you eat to how you eat.

Making changes in this area is going to be HARD. Breaking any habit is hard. CHANGING is hard. Yet it is so SO worth it. Plus, I can promise you, once you get over the initial hump of adjustment, the benefits waaaayyyyy outnumber any initial struggles you may face. What was difficult in the beginning is transformed to a wonderful and sensuous adventure as you learn to source, prepare, and thoroughly enjoy your food. You will look, feel, and BE so much healthier, happier, and connected to Nature. You will understand what it is to be reborn and to come alive again. I’m serious.

Before I dive into how to do this, let me answer the following: Why is food so important to decolonization? (And if you are wondering why I am passionate about the need to decolonize, you can read my essay on THAT topic by clicking here.)

#1) You cannot be a truly free/sovereign human being if you do not know how to eat properly. We need food to survive. Food is our life source. Without it, we die, and rather quickly. And when we eat fake, processed, chemically saturated food, we get sick, are miserable for awhile— and then die.

When we hand over the task of feeding ourselves and our families to outside sources, to massive corporations who care nothing about people, human rights, or the environment (the source of all real food and thus, THE SOURCE OF ALL LIFE), but only for profits and power, we literally hand over our freedom. When you let someone else be in control of your food, you let someone else be in control of YOU.

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#2) You vote with your dollar. Money is what drives politics and our government. It should be quite obvious to you by now that politicians care nothing about creating a better world for all of us, but only about obtaining more money, power, and prestige for themselves. If the goal of politics/politicians was really to create a harmonious existence amongst humanity, we’ve given them plenty of time and free passes to figure it out and get their shit together.

Instead, politicians have continued to fail miserably, and proven themselves to be worse than incompetent.

If they had any integrity, they would either: A. Dismantle the system and start fresh, or B. At the very least take a good, hard, honest look at our political system and government structure- and give it the massive overhaul it so desperately needs. But they don’t, and here we stand.

We stand facing the cold hard truth that the government cares nothing for its people, and is concerned only with keeping wealth and power concentrated within a VERY small group of individuals who control the bulk of the worlds economic resources. These people follow the money. Where it goes, they will follow, with all the enthusiasm of a dog pressing its nose up against another dogs butthole during a first encounter.

If we as consumers demand that our products are clean, not filled with poisons and pesticides, wholesome, and sourced in ways that do not destroy the environment and oppress indigenous people, people of color or low economic status, if we take the time and the little effort that is required to really research our food and where it comes from, and then refuse to financially support all those companies who’s practices are killing our ecosystems and destroying our health and our planet (ONE AND THE SAME PEOPLE!!! ONE. AND. THE. SAME!), these same companies will be FORCED to immediately clean up their act. EVERY.DOLLAR. YOU SPEND. COUNTS. Who you hand your money over to makes WAAAAYYY more of a difference in the world than the amount of crystals you own, time you spend in prayer/meditation, or witty & empowering insights and solutions you share on Instagram. Stop kidding yourself. If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. None of us are innocent, but we are all capable of becoming real life heroes. The first thing you must do is go head to head with your own ignorance, and kill it. Even if the battle is exhausting. You can do it. The Universe is at your back.

Aside from shelter, food is most peoples biggest and most pressing expense. There is so much opportunity to affect not only the quality of food you eat, (which correlates directly to your health and genetic expression), but to affect national and global policy concerning environmental health and human rights in a positive way, simply by learning how to NOT fund the evil-doers with your hard-earned money.

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#3) Proper eating is the fastest, easiest, BEST way to give the finger to the colonizer, honor your ancestry, your environment, and take back your health. 

We are, quite literally, that which we eat. Our bodies are built directly from the substances we take into ourselves. And the elements. (More on that later. Suffice it to say that food is the magical expression of all the elements joined in together in live promoting harmony).

Once this meant we were Wild. Free. Vibrant. ALIVE. Now, for many, it means we are filled to the brim with lab conceived chemicals, unnatural colorings and flavorings, a laundry list of known carcinogenic substances which the FDA conveniently turns a blind eye to, and genetically modified “foods” whose long term effects on the human genome we know nothing about. We have become, as Pink Floyd would say “comfortably numb”. Or for many unfortunate folks- Uncomfortably numb.

Pause and take a moment to really consider the following: If we are LITERALLY formed and kept alive by what we eat, and if our energy and physical structure results directly from our food, (which is not fake news btw, but well-known scientific fact), would you rather eat a wild deer, who spent her life free, running through the forest, hiding, playing, mating, eating wild greens and forage, drinking live, free-flowing water, (that has hopefully not been tainted by human pollution), and was killed quickly and as humanely as possible during the hunt, whose spirit was then thanked, honored, and cherished, and whose body was used as a sacred source of food, clothing, tools, and shelter building material,….. or a cow, who was conceived via artificial insemination, born in a cage, immediately separated from her mother, spent her life in a concrete and metal box, knee deep in shit, shot up with bucketfuls of antibiotics, growth hormones, and who knows what else, was not fed what her body was designed to eat, was not allowed to move, run, play, or mate, or to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air, and was then killed at a slaughter house that stank of fear and death, where the cries of tortured animals greeted her upon arrival of her last day alive on Earth, and where she was then butchered cruelly, painfully, without compassion…which one would you rather take into your own body? How do you think each would affect you differently?

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And we wonder why physical and mental health in America is decreasing and why more people, including young children, are sick with allergies, depression, chronic diseases and cancers than ever before, or why people (including our children) are flying off the handle left and right and thinking that shooting masses of innocent civilians is the best course of action…

Our ancestors were plugged directly into Nature through the food they grew, foraged, and hunted in their immediate local landscapes. There is no act more intimate, (except maybe sex), than eating. Than willingly taking another life forms’ body and essence (be it plant or animal) into the deepest bowls of our own bodies, and transmuting this being into the energy that sustains us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Native people knew this and were a PART OF the environment and part of a community that spanned across species.

Then, some white men come from a foreign land and take this all away. Prevent people from hunting. Force us into captivity and force us to farm THEIR food, which prevents us from moving in the natural, seasonal patterns we were designed to follow based on THOUSANDS OF YEARS of co-evolving in a mutual and intimate relationship with our unique and wonderfully diverse environment. By taking away our traditional food sources, we were cut off from Nature at the root.

This sets off a chain reaction of gross-imbalance and devastation which leaves North America reeling and from which we are still not recovered and currently deep within the process of reaping some of the larger and more devastating impacts we as a nation have sown.

Wildfires, floods, mudslides, water pollution, soil depletion, species extinction…none of this happened anywhere near to the extent it is occurring now. This is not because there are more people. This is because Native people knew, understood, and holistically managed their environments to a degree that most can only imagine, one which would bring the top environmental ‘scholars’ and permaculture enthusiasts to their knees in awe and appreciation. The environment was (IS) a living, breathing, FEELING entity which was truly loved, and thus, treated with awe and respect. It was celebrated. It was protected.

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Learn about the region you live in. Who are the Natives? What did they eat? How did they get the bulk of their nutrition? Look at your own ancestry. Go back far enough and you will find you are from “Native” people as well. Go back further still and you’ll find out you’re actually black and your ancestry is African, but again, thats another topic for another time.

For now, try to zero in on what your known ancestors ate. Compare it to what was traditionally eaten in your region by the locals, (the real ones), and see where they meet. If there is no common ground between the local indigenous diet and that of your heritage, go with what makes the most sense to you and with what you enjoy the most. The key is to make sure it is organic, local, and seasonal. If we all did this, Eden would bloom mañana.

Subscribe to be sure you don’t miss Part II of Step I, which will explain in further detail, exactly HOW to change your relationship to food and take back control of your life.

Peace, Love, and Good Food, Always.

I Want YOU to Decolonize NOW!

B-b-but…whyyyyy??? you may be asking.

The United States of America is a failed experiment. While it may have enjoyed a brief moment in the sun, and continue to maintain status as the most “powerful” country in the world, one looks around and cannot help but ask; At what cost is this ‘power’ obtained, and is the benefit worth it?

Too high, and no.

To those still (loudly and obnoxiously) claiming ‘Merica to be the greatest country in the world, I ask you, the greatest in what?

Education. No.

Healthcare. Not even close.

Economic equality. Nope.

Gender equality. Ha! You wish.

Abundant natural beauty and resources. Well maybe. But anyone who has done a bit of traveling or has access to Pinterest knows that there is unique and breathtaking beauty to be found the world over. Yet we as a nation have raped, pillaged, plundered, and polluted our land, (which I will point out is not our land and belongs to no individual, group of individuals, or specific species, but is the life giver and sustainer that WE BELONG TO- not the other way around. To believe otherwise is to trust in a dangerous illusion). Everything in existence belongs to the Earth, to Nature. Yet we continue to not only violently abuse our homelands, but encroach upon and devastate the lands of neighboring countries near and far, exploiting and destroying for the monetary profits of a small group of individuals to the point we have become not a global leader or example, but a world bully. A dangerous laughingstock. The only thing we lead in is mass-shootings and mass-incarceration. Those are the facts. And this is your idea of success?

“What about security?” you say. “Quality of life?” Look around you. No, really- put down the phone and look around you. Take a moment to observe your fellow human beings. Do they look happy? Healthy? Vibrant, peaceful, radiating joy and love as Nature/God intended? Or is there a glazed and deadened look in their eyes? A tension and struggle in the way their movements?

One woman, @allisonserrao_ writes:

“It’s not just gun control that’s an issue here, it’s the mental health of America. You know it, I know it, the whole country knows it. We work our people to the ground, we live paycheck to paycheck, our family leave- forget about it, vacation time? What’s that? Cost of living, let’s not forget about the healthcare. [And I would like to add many of us can literally not afford to die…]

How about having a sexual predator as out f-ing president guys? That the leader of our country’s most famous slogan is “Grab em by the..” The rape culture that is now apparent in every corner of every news outlet and the PTSD we are putting our people through? What about our secretary of education being a complete imbecile? How about our president literally not believing in global warming. When it comes to our children do we honestly think these large scale things don’t trickle down into our everyday lives? On top of the nationwide issues our children do not get a break from the pressures of society, school, work, even their extra curricular activities become a job, there is no place of solace, and if there is, our children are not being taught how to use it. We as a people have ignored our human right to take care of ourselves and have created a culture and a nation full of sick humans. Go look in your nearest prison, count the mentally ill walking the streets without care, take a walk down the riverbed in my backyard to see the homeless…the only time we offer any real push services to help mental health and even physical health is when something bad has already taken place. This country has disabled its entire nation from being able to take care ourselves and our own. 18 [now 22] school shootings since the year has begun? It’s not just the guns people, its not just the f-ing guns.”

It is hard to deny the facts, (and perhaps harder to face the truth), the brutal reality of our situation is that we are a severely ill population, in both body and spirit. Our culture is one of arrogance, selfishness, and mental disease.

But stemming from what? How can we fix this if we do not know the cause, the root of the problem?

Aaahh but we do! It’s just a question of whether or not YOU are willing to face the truth, whether or not you really are able to admit your own personal ignorance, shame, guilt, responsibility, and where you have fallen short, and then take the necessary actions required to rebalance these areas and move on, move forward. As within, so without.

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Lets take a look at the beginning. The beginning of this ‘great country’. The history we were taught in school would first lead one to envision kind and courageous blonde, blue-eyed families risking life and limb to make a go in a vast and wild wilderness, fighting off wolves, mountain lions, and the occasional barbaric ‘savage’ hell-bent on harassing women and children as they fled the oppressive rule of their dark and dreary homelands. Later, epic battles would be fought while yankee-doodle played in the background, fireworks exploded in the sky, and the glorious red-white-and-blue of our young and promising nations flag waved proudly over the battlefields where those brave young men fell like angels as their dutiful wives cried on the hills, heartbroken yet proud their men had died defending freedom and the glory of God. Through their blood and sacrifice, this great country was born.

Awww. What a cute story. Yet it is fantasy.

I do not discredit the hardships the colonists faced here, nor do I make light of the lives lost or the values they died defending, (some of those values at least). My purpose is not to mock or discredit the courage and bravery it took many men and women to make the United States into a country I feel fortunate to have been born into. However,  I am NOT willing to be naive about the reality of our nations beginning. And the reality is that this country was founded on the massacre of an entire population of human beings who had been living and evolving with the landscape for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS! Your “American” ancestors decimated the villages, lands, traditions, languages, religions, and freedoms, of an entire continents existing and extensive population. The result its that we have lost the only source of valid ecological place-based knowledge (which had been carefully gathered, experienced, shared, preserved, crafted, refined, and passed on orally by the wisest village elders generation after generation after generation….over THOUSANDS OF YEARS!), and we are ALL suffering the consequences of such a loss.

Look at the increasing instances of fatal natural disasters such as wildfires, mudslides, sink-holes, and flash floods, all resulting largely from the mismanagement of the wild landscape. Look at the epidemic of mental illness (and if you can honestly tell me that most of the adults you know are NOT on some sort of anxiety medication or anti-depressants, I will be pleasantly surprised), all stemming from our systematic disconnect from Nature. Or at least our dumb unawareness of Her universal laws, (as one can never truly disconnect from Nature, being a part of nature herself).

Therein lies the root of the problem: Our disconnect from Nature.

We are wild creatures by birth, but have become “civilized”. Which is to say “colonized”. Which is to say domesticated.

We, my friends, are unwell in body, mind, and spirit, because we are free and wild beings, (which does not mean primitive, barbaric, unkind, or without a moral code), designed by the eons to live in intimate and intuitive harmony with our immediate surroundings, including its diverse and awe-inspiring array of living and non-living entities. Yet we have been domesticated and essentially enslaved by a system that cares not for love, happiness, health, and wellbeing, but rather on monetary profits, material gain, and the accumulation of power over others. We have been fed a lie of “survival of the fittest”, a myth which favors competition over collaboration, in order to keep us fearful and divided, so that we cannot see that which has really occurred is simply a new form of slavery. One in which a handful of elite have successfully made the rest of us dependent on them (global mass-corporations and big pharma companies), for everything from food and water, to shelter, warmth, healthcare, giving birth, and even raising our young.

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Without the “comforts” of modern society, many of us would not survive, having been so cut off from our most basic ancestral survival skills, that we would have no idea what to do in the real world, that which lies beyond this artificial zoo we have created for ourselves. The world in which we are responsible for providing our own warmth, shelter, and protection from the elements and predators. The world where it is up to us, as individuals, families, and tribes, to locate, harvest, process, share, and enjoy our own food and water, the truest givers of life and health, where we heal our own illnesses, birth our own children, and manage our own birth control, as our predecessors did (successfully I might add), for thousands of years prior to the start of agriculture.

When these God-given skills are purposefully kept from us, when there are actual laws in place preventing us from practicing our Nature-based freedoms, we become exclusively dependent on a system which cares nothing for our well-being, only whether or not they can use us as either a producer or a consumer to increase their profit margin. The American dream is a hoax. And we have sacrificed our sovereignty on its behalf.The fact that the POTUS champions the extraction of more fossil fuels, more jobs, and thus more money, over the rapidly declining health of the planet and all her inhabitants, speaks volumes about how far we have missed the mark as a country and world leader.

What do you call it when one or both parents are forced to spend the majority of the day, the majority or the week, aka the majority OF THEIR LIVES!!!- away from their homes, families, and loved ones, (conveniently leaving the rearing of young to the corrupt agenda of the media, which has no qualms about brainwashing the innocent so they will grow into fearful, insecure, selfish individuals driven to purchase more and more without question..), so they can work hour after hour at a soul-crushing job, just to be able to afford housing, food, clothing, healthcare, and basic utilities? If not outright slavery, it reeks of indentured servitude.

From the moment we are born, and especially from the moment we enter the school system, we are being groomed to be good little robots who do what they are told and keep all the economic cogs running smoothly. And woe to the poor soul who dares to stray too far outside the socially accepted norms. Yet this system is severely unstable and unsustainable. If you can’t see that by now it is likely your people were completely domesticated several generations before your birth, or you suffer from a general lack of intelligence. Not necessarily your fault. The cultivation of the “sheep” mentality is one that has been carefully favored, preserved, and promoted by religions, patriarchy, and companies going back hundreds of years.

But we see it. We remember. We know how this country began. It was founded on genocide. On the mass-murder of the innocent indigenous. This was done by YOUR ancestors. By OUR ancestors, yet we can’t even admit and take responsibility for this founding fact, or the fact that the survivors of this holocaust continue to be oppressed, ignored, and degraded to this day. Nor are we able to admit the fact that after this cultural annihilation the country was grown with the ideals of white supremacy, crippled by the demonization of the sacred feminine, “colonized” on the bloodied backs of African slaves, and poisoned by the religious backed lie that Nature is a commodity, and not a living, breathing, conscious entity.

Our legacy is using religion as a tool to manipulate the masses, destroy the landscape, and dehumanize and persecute those whose  beliefs and perspectives stand in opposition of European Patriarchy. To be the largest catalyst in the global warming epidemic. To leave devastation in our wake wherever we go.

So now we have more or less identified the problem. There is absolutely nothing civilized about “civilization”. Agriculture is not, and has never been “progress”, (more on this another time, for those still left scratching their heads). Our current culture is damaging on both individual and global scales. But what is the point of griping about all of societies flaws if one can not imagine any sane solutions?  I offer those as well:

Decolonize.

Rewild.

Take back your power. As an individual, a family, a tribe, a local community, a people.

A lover and companion of Nature, in all her sensual forms.

Accept your power and responsibility. Vote with your dollar, even if you have only one. If you are reading this, you have the ability to vote with your money. Every day. While your at it, learn to live without money. Yes. It is possible. The earth still spins, the tides still turn, the wolves still hunt and your lungs still pump oxygen in and out of your body whether or not your bank account is zeroed out or not.

Learn how to be a sovereign human being again. One who does not outsource their freedom, health, well-being, and ability to stay fed and safe to large unethical organizations. Learn that you don’t need a middle man or set religion in order to talk to God and experience unity and divinity. Discover through observation and silence that nature moves slowly, allows for periods of rest and recovery, and favors collaboration, harmony, and diversity, over competition, aggression, and monoculture.

Decolonize the following NOW:

*FOOD
*SEX
*BIRTH

*EDUCATION

*HEALTHCARE

*SPIRITUALITY

More than anything- LEARN HOW TO BE HAPPY. Learn how to love and accept yourself completely, despite your inevitable shortcomings and imperfections. We all have them. It’s what makes life interesting. Do not be afraid of being wrong or failing. Be courageous and wise enough to change. You deserve it. You are capable. Follow your passions and burn any limiting or fear based belief systems you come into contact with to the ground. The ashes will nourish the next wave of new growth.

Remember, whether white, black, brown, red, yellow, or green, we ALL come from a tribal people. ALL of our ancestors at one point or another worshipped a divine Mother and lived in intimate co-existence with the plants, rocks, animals, spirits, and people who surrounded them. Your legacy and your ancestors legacy goes back so much further than the past 500 years…

I am not suggesting going back to the stone age, or living as nomads out of tipis and mud-lodges, (unless that sort of thing appeals to you. If so, hit me up!). I am suggesting we acknowledge that enough is enough, and that we know when to dismantle that which is not serving the Greatest Good and develop the willpower to do so, (like yesterday. No more lollygaggin!). That we look to the past not to dwell in it, but to harvest the wisdom contained within it, pair it with the knowledge we have gained with this failed experiment of capitalistic patriarchy, and gracefully move forward with heads held high into a new world story.

One does not need laws and religions to tell one how to be a “good” person, or how to behave in an acceptable manner. These are the inventions of a culture designed to control and assert power over any and all others. We, by our very creation and existence, are agents of love and harmony. We need only have the courage to remember, and to face our own reflections in all their hideous beauty.

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Crystal Magic; The Basics

CRYSTAL BASICS

Everything in the universe is made up of energy which vibrates at various frequencies. At a molecular level, all that is, including ourselves, is in a state of constant vibration. Often times, these vibrations will be cancelled out when they come into contact with chaotic energy that vibrates on a different wavelength. However crystals and stones can help to add these vibrations together as their structures allow for the amplification of wavelengths and frequencies.   Because of the ability of stones and crystals to vibrate at a constant rate, they can be used to eliminate energetic distortions and restore a bodies proper balance, which leads to better mental, physical, and spiritual health. For a visual example of what great energy conductors crystals can be, take two pieces of quartz into a dark room and rub them together. The stones will begin to glow from within, releasing substantial light!

Different crystals vibrate at different rates, as do various parts of the body and the environments we live in. Knowing how to collaborate various stone energies with those of the body, mind, or surrounding environment for a more harmonious existence is an extremely beneficial skill, which takes time and experience to cultivate. Remember to not be afraid to experiment with what works best for you, and to have fun as you embark on your crystal journey.

HOW TO CHOOSE A CRYSTAL

When choosing a crystal it is highly important to listen to your intuition. Your energy body will interact with the energy emitted from the crystal and will naturally be “drawn to” the stone which is emitting the needed frequency. If you are choosing a crystal for a specific purpose, focus on that purpose and pay attention to your gut reaction. If you are choosing a crystal for another person, focus on that individual and allow your heart to guide you to the correct stone. Remember, a crystal emits its own energy, and chooses you as much as you choose it, so be sure to thank the crystal after you have made your selection.

CLEANING YOUR CRYSTALS

Gemstones easily pick up and store vibrations that are not in harmony with their own natural states. It is also possible for them to retain the memories of thoughts or feelings of those who have previously come into contact with them. Therefore, it is extremely important that any stone you add to your collection be cleansed upon its acquirement. In order to keep your crystals functioning at optimal performance, routine maintenance cleaning is also highly advisable. Some basic knowledge of the stones you hold in your care is recommended before selecting a method of cleaning as some techniques can damage certain stones. For example, many crystals are water soluble or will fade in the sunlight.

The most common way of cleaning crystals is by sunlight. To do this, simply place the crystal in direct sunlight for a few hours. The bombardment of energy inherent in sunlight will strip away any lingering energies which are not natural to the crystal, leaving only the pure energy which is produced by the stone itself. Amethyst, Aventurine, Citrine, Fluorite, and Rose & Smokey Quartz are all crystals which will fade in sunlight, so when cleaning these stone it may be more appropriate to use moonlight or smudging techniques (see below).

Another method is to bury your crystals in the earth for 2 to 3 days. The large amounts of healing energies present in the earth will wash away negative energies clinging to the crystals in the same way that sunlight will, but in a gentler more soothing manner. You can wrap your crystals in a piece of cloth or a bag to help keep soil out of any crevices which could be difficult to keep clean. Be sure to accurately mark the burial sight so you can easily retrieve your stones when you need them!

You can also clean your crystal collection by burying the stones in a bowl of natural sea salt for 7 to 24 hours and help keep them clean by storing them on a bed of salt when not in use. Placing them in the water of a running stream or the light of a full moon will also remove energetic debris, although you must make sure your stones are not water soluble before submerging them in a liquid.

Citrine and Kyanite are the only two self cleaning stones known at this time, and placing your stones on top of them for two to three hours will completely re-energize them, as will smudging them with sage smoke.

These are just some of the most basic ways to clean and care for your crystals. Try making a ceremony out of the act of cleansing. After all this is a conscious collaboration between yourself and the crystal for the mutual benefit of both entities, and recognizing the magic present in such cooperation is a beautiful  and rewarding aspect of crystal work.

PROGRAMING YOUR CRYSTAL

In order for a crystal to exude maximum benefits to its user, it must be dedicated to the purpose you will be using it for. To do this, simply hold the stone in your hands and picture it being surrounded by light. You may close your eyes if you find this aids the process. Say, either out loud or to yourself, ” I dedicate this crystal to the highest good of all. May it be used in light and in love.” Then, focus on the purpose for which the crystal will be used. Be specific and detailed in this visualization. Close by saying “I program this crystal for {purpose}”. Place the crystal in a location where you will be able to see or touch it frequently, holding it 2 to 3 times a day until you feel the intention has been firmly set.

 

 

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How do you use crystals? Are they are part of your magical practice or a beautiful addition to your home decor? Let me know in the comments below!

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