An interview with Madonna (part 1)
Madonna, affectionately known as the ‘The Crystal Oracle’, is a valued member of the Crystal Castle team. She trained with the famous crystal healer and pioneer, Melody, and also delights in learning directly from the crystals themselves. We asked her to share some of her wisdom and insights into crystals and their special qualities.
What crystals do you recommend for healing?
The most frequent question we get asked at the Crystal Castle is ‘Do you have a healing crystal?’ And the answer is that all crystals are healing. But you can get quite specific. People often want physical healing or help with depression and anxiety or to bring love into their lives. There are some crystals, such as Amethyst, that are known to be good for a range of things.
Amethyst is a stone for inner peace as it opens your connection with the divine, with your spirit. It also transmutes negative energy into positive energy, like a little psychic vacuum cleaner. It is a great crystal to wear on you or to have in your environment and it’s a really good starting point for anyone of any age.
People looking for healing are often drawn to Amethyst or Agate. Agate is a very powerful yet quite common crystal. It supports you in balancing your spiritual, emotional and etheric bodies. It helps you to ground and connect to the earth and to feel nurtured and nourished by this beautiful planet. Agate also assists in reducing over-processing and worrying and being too much in your mental body, allowing you to be more present in the now.
Rose Quartz is another popular healing crystal as it is the stone for unconditional love. Its energy makes it easier for you to be kind and compassionate to yourself, which I feel is vital in life. It helps you to walk with the grace of God and trust in your spirit to guide you to where you need to be.
What crystals would you recommend for their protective qualities?
The number one crystal I adore for psychic protection is Black Tourmaline as it absorbs negative energies and negative entities. It is wonderful to have on you if you are feeling vulnerable. This goes for any Tourmaline as it comes in a wide range of colours. It is excellent for purification because it helps to remove any blocks or fears you may have that are stopping you from fulfilling your soul’s purpose.
Another brilliant crystal is Labradorite. It is considered the stone of magic. On the surface it looks as if it is quite dark but when you look into it you will see so many brilliant colours. It’s like when the clouds cover the sky and it’s raining, there will always be a rainbow somewhere soon. It allows you to see the magic in your life and it also clears and seals your energy field.
Smoky Quartz is another crystal I often suggest for protection as it grounds you, helps you to stop thinking too much and dispels the fears that prevent you from listening to your heart.
Fluorite is good for anyone working at a computer as it is excellent for focusing and concentration. It also protects against electromagnetic energy from televisions, computers and mobile phones and it is great for psychic protection as well. Fluorite assists you in organising your life effectively for your soul’s purpose.
An article from The Crystal Castle Experience.
Special note ~ The Crystal Castle Experience (edition two) is being written now!
The haunting sound of crystal bowls seems to awaken an ancient remembering, to touch the essence of the soul and bring about a positive shift in our consciousness. Made from the highest quality quartz crystal, these beautiful instruments certainly create a magical and powerful effect of sound and vibration. The tones produced by crystal bowls are not just heard by the ear, they are felt in the body. With different tones resonating with particular energy centres and organs.
Quartz oscillates at a very high frequency, amplifying and transmitting tone and energy. This is why pure quartz crystal is used in all the world’s most advanced telecommunications systems. Like a powerful radio transmitter, the crystal singing bowls transmit potent vibrational energy. These pure crystal tones affect brain wave activity and can support the creation of an altered state of consciousness. As different parts of the brain are affected, it is considered likely that hormones and neuro-chemicals are released that can suppress pain, overcome addictions, strengthen willpower and foster creativity. The resonance and purity of the sound has a profoundly peaceful effect. Quartz also has memory and can be programmed with the use of intention.
Crystal singing bowls are made from 99.992 per cent pure crushed quartz heated to about 4000OC in a centrifugal mould. The process makes each bowl unique and although the larger bowls are more reverberant, the size of the bowl does not necessarily determine its note. By playing a bowl in different ways or by adding water you can alter the frequency. Some bowls harmonise with other bowls, and when both are played simultaneously, the effect is exquisite and synergistic.
Anyone can create a beautiful sound from the crystal singing bowls with no lessons. Simply circle the rim with a special suede mallet. You can play them at any time for just a few minutes and create a sacred space that restores and revitalises, nurtures insight and intuition and quiets the mental chatter. Ride the sound waves of the crystal singing bowl to a beautiful, tranquil place where you are aligned with the best that you are.
Most of us have only a small amount of pure, clear, healing sound in our lives. Our ears no longer get a daily exposure to running streams, bird songs, and the rustling leaves in the forest. The pure sonic waves that ring from the singing quartz crystal bowls wake up our ability to listen and to hear the sounds of the earth.
Singing bowls are wonderful for personal use and for holistic practitioners to support their healing modality. They are used for sound therapy, musical performance, group meditation, and workshop processes. Crystal bowls are even finding their way into traditional settings such as churches and business offices, bringing balance and harmony to every place they are used.
Available at the Crystal Castle and at our online shop.
“How amazing, having started searching the world for beautiful crystals since I was 25 years old, to now travel with Manya, my 25 year old daughter!
She has been playing with crystals at the Crystal Castle her entire life, and she sure has the eye and the gift to find beauty in the world and bring it back here to you, our Crystal Castle friends.
We caught up with old friends who have been finding crystals for us for decades, and while I didn’t have to teach Manya how to pick out the best, I did have to teach her how to say thank you in Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Arabic!
The team here is telling us this is the most beautiful collection of crystals they have seen, so come and check them out soon!”
A special new experience is starting this Easter.
Join us daily at 3pm starting on Good Friday, 29th March for ‘The Crystal Castle Peace Experience’.
Be immersed in an enriching sound healing bath, a visualisation meditation and sacred ‘Kora Walk’ around The World Peace Stupa.
A unique Crystal Castle offering that deepens your inner and outer sense of peace. Be brought to a place that invokes your compassionate loving self~ Enrich your Spirit
This beautiful experience will now be on offer every day of the year and it all begins this Easter.
The Peace Experience is free of charge once inside the Crystal Castle and runs for approximately 45 minutes.
History and mystic lore by Madonna, aka Crystal Oracle and Crystal Castle team member
Many people’s first thought about crystal healing is that it is just a ‘New Age’ phenomenon. However, when you delve further into the modality, it is possible to see that humanity has long admired crystals for their natural beauty and their associated healing and protective qualities.
Throughout the history of the world, many diverse cultures sensed that stones had ‘magical’ powers and considered them to be gifts from the heavens. The Babylonians, the Chinese, the Japanese, the Aztecs, the Tibetans, the Africans and the many peoples across the Americas recognised the healing powers of crystals and gems.
One of the earliest written records concerning the use of crystals for their healing properties comes from an Ancient Egyptian papyrus dated around 1600 BCE. It noted the use of lapis lazuli, malachite and red jasper beads worn around the neck for therapeutic effect.
Our own Australian Aboriginal dreamtime myths speak of a mystical substance — the maban — (believed to be quartz crystal) from which the wise men (called karadjis) obtained their magical powers.
These and many more cultures have valued gems as a key to attain enhanced levels of vitality, wellbeing and spiritual attunement, much as we do today.
Even the legendary civilisations of Avalon, Atlantis and Lemuria (Mu) whisper down the corridors of time about the mystical powers of crystals. It is often said that many souls who were healers in those times have returned to earth now to assist in the evolution of the consciousness of the planet and all her inhabitants.
Today, crystals are recognised by the modern world as energy conductors and they are used in computer chips and high precision equipment.
Crystals generate, store, regulate, transmit and transform energy.
Sunday 24th March
Qigong (Chi Kung) is a gentle and enjoyable exercise system based on traditional Chinese medical theory. It develops and integrates mind, body and breath to cultivate vital life energy and promote lasting health, vitality and longevity.
Qigong offers physical, mental and spiritual development to benefit all-round health and enhance one's experience of daily life. Practice increases co-ordination, alignment, stability, balance, flexibility and core strength. It relaxes the body, calms the mind and improves focus, stamina and self-confidence.
Shirsha Marie is the Founder and Senior Instructor of Byron Bay Martial Arts, which she established in the heart of beautiful Byron Bay Australia, in 1986. She has expert knowledge and experience in fields of health and martial arts which focus on energy cultivation.
Shirsha is able to deliver the subtleties of Qigong with depth and insight, which enhances all aspects of student practice - including meditation. Her refined skills and clear instruction make Qigong accessible and enjoyable for everybody.
In this one-day Qigong workshop you will learn genuine Qigong health practices that are suited to all ages and levels of fitness. Beginners are most welcome.
Included in the workshop are:
* Qigong Warm- Up Exercises & Self Massage – For Awakening Vital Life Energy
* Qigong Exercise Set ~ The Eight Treasures - Healing Exercises for the Organs
* Qigong Breathing Technique ~ The Crane Breath - Restoring Internal Energy
* Qigong Healing Meditation ~ The Inner Smile – Balancing the Organ ‘Chi’
10.30am to 1pm: Qigong Warm-up and Self-Massage, The Crane Breath.
1pm to 2pm: Lunch
2pm to 4.30pm: The Eight Treasures, The Inner Smile
‘Through Qigong and Taiji I have experienced a profoundly deeper sense of myself and my world. It is a powerful vehicle that brings my mind into union with my body, my life force and into resonance with 'the heartbeat of life'. My 5 years training in the Byron Bay dojang have been a wonderful blend of informative instruction and interesting learning. Shirsha is a brilliantly talented instructor who, after 25 years of teaching these arts, not only brings her passion to her teaching, but embodies grace, patience and the rare ability to transfer her knowledge whilst retaining impeccably, the integrity of this extraordinary form. Shirsha teaching qigong is so amazing, we just had to bring her here to the Crystal Castle for you to experience, an unusual and special opportunity to be in a workshop situation with such an extraordinary teacher’.
Sono King, Creative Director & Crystal Castle owner.
When: Sunday 24th March 2013
Where: Crystal Castle/ Discovery Room
Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Cost: $174Cost includes Lunch, Drink, Entry and your own copy of ‘The Eight Treasures' Dvd.
Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th March
After headlining Byron Spirit Festival, Mark Whitwell returns to the Crystal Castle for a two day workshop 'Developing a personal practice'
This workshop is a unique opportunity to work with one of the most experienced yoga teachers in the world.
No matter what style of yoga you are currently practicing, you will be able to incorporate the insights gleaned from this personal practice development to make your yoga more efficient, powerful, and safe.
You'll also learn to integrate breath, asana, and bandha as a seamless process and as you deepen into this understanding, personalised for you, you discover more completely that yoga is your direct connection with reality - an entirely abundant, regenerating, and nurturing power.
Everyone is invited to attend, from beginners to experienced practitioners .
This intimate workshop has a maximum of 25 places available.
We expect it to fill quickly so please book now to secure your place.
When: Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th March
Where: The Discovery Room / Crystal Castle
Time: 10.30am to 4pm
Cost: $295.00 for the two day workshop
According to the great “teacher of our teachers” T. Krishnamacharya, yoga must be adapted to the individual, not the individual adapted to the style of yoga. For your yoga practice to be most fruitful, it must be in harmony with your body type, age, health, and even cultural background.
“I tried many different yoga traditions over many years but could never keep up a regular practice. When I met Mark and studied under him, yoga became a joy and a pleasure. After a few months of a simple daily practice, my life felt different in many ways. With Mark’s approach, there is nowhere to go, no higher place to reach, no need to stretch the body beyond where it is comfortable, there’s just a flow and a connection with nurturing source. He teaches from a place of ancient pure wisdom, and is a total joy to be with”.
Managing Dreamer, and Crystal Castle owner.
Click here for more information about Mark Whitwell.
Monday 11th to Sunday 17th February
With the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Sera Mey Monastery in South India
Join us at the Crystal Castle as we welcome the monks from Sera Mey Monastery for the creation of the Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala.
“The Medicine Buddha is the Buddha of healing. He heals not only physical sickness but also mental sickness like anger, pride and jealousy. The mandala is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism and is a sacred form of art used by Tibetan monks & artists, & is translated as ‘circle of harmony. It is a palace, and all of the patterns in the mandala have symbolism and meaning.” Geshe Ngawang Gedun, Sera Mey Monastery in southern India.
Join the monks each day at 10.30am for chanting and meditation to invoke the divine energy of the Medicine Buddha, who resides within the mandala itself. The mandala is, as such, a divine palace of residence.
The monks request the Medicine Buddha's blessings for healing for all beings; for the people who come to see it; for the local community and for the region; for our country and for the world.
Daily Program Monday 11th to Saturday 16th
10.30 - 11am ~ Meditation and chanting
11am – 3.30pm ~ Medicine Buddha sand mandala creation
3.30pm to 4.30pm ~ Dedication prayers
Sunday 17th February
10.30 - 11am ~ Meditation and chanting
11am – 3.30pm ~ Medicine Buddha sand mandala creation
3.30pm ~ Dissolution ceremony of the sand mandala
After the sand mandala is finished you are invited to join the monks and collectively pray for peace and harmony in the world.
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