Crystal Protection Grid

Building a Protection Grid with Crystals

By G G Collins     (Copyright 2014)

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Whether or not this is an actual quote from Buddha doesn’t matter. It certainly seems to be true. Somehow we connect when we need or want to learn a new subject.

Crystal Protection Grid (Copyright G G Collins)

Crystal Protection Grid
(Copyright G G Collins)

When I began work on my second installment of the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series, I wanted to add a new tool for Rachel and Chloe to work with. Enter my friend Marilyn. She didn’t even know I was looking for something new. She began talking about crystals, the power she felt they had and how they had worked for her. I asked some questions, she recommended books and gave me stones. Not just any old rocks, but crystals, reputed to have magical powers.

In my third book (Atomic Medium due out January 2015), Rachel needed more protection than usual as she and Chloe travel through time to 1945 during the Manhattan Project (next year is the 70th anniversary). I explained my dilemma and Marilyn came up with several options. This is one I’d like to share.

The Crystal Protection Grid:

First obtain a grid. These can be found at many metaphysical stores and online. Cleanse and dedicate the crystals. Charge them in moonlight during a full moon.

Selenite Pyramid is used as primary energy stone. (Copyright G G Collins)

Selenite Pyramid is used as primary energy stone.
(Copyright G G Collins)

Marilyn chose a Selenite Pyramid for the center stone. Selenite can be used to form a web of protection around your house or apartment. It helps create a safe and quiet place not influenced by outside sources. It acts as the primary energy source. This particular crystal is quite beautiful in color and shape.

Subsequent stones are placed in geometric patterns around the master stone. In the first ring, we used Malachite, a favorite of mine. It’s not only a beautiful green stone, but is protective.

Apache Tears form the next circle. Apache Tears are a form of Black Obsidian which is also a protective stone. It is said to absorb negative energy. I carry one at all times.

For the outer edge of the grid we chose Amethyst. These are Dog Tooth Amethyst. Not only is it protective, it is a natural tranquilizer and is said to block geopathic stress which can occur in the form of a sick house or even a spiritual presence.

Once you’ve placed your stones, use a wand to activate it. This can be something elaborate, made for this purpose or you can use something more organic like a Lemurian Seed crystal wand, which is my choice. You may use a verse especially composed to activate crystal grids or just speak in your own words. The important thing is to give it meaning.

I’m so happy with this Protection Grid and I know it will work perfectly for Rachel in her next adventure.

A special thank you to Marilyn for all she does.

 

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Burn Your Troubles Away With Zozobra

Zozobra Burning Wipes the Slate Clean

by G G Collins     (Copyright 2014)

Zozobra Wikimedia Commons

Zozobra Wikimedia Commons

Ever wanted to just start all over? You can! Attend the Burning of Zozobra in Santa Fe August 29th. Every year Santa Feans are cleansed of their gloom by burning the world’s largest marionette. It draws 50,000 people or more so be sure you’ve got those hotel reservations confirmed.

A “gloom box” is located near the stage. Write down your troubles and drop them in the box (there are also “gloom” cans in shops around the city). The contents of the “gloom box” are set at the feet of Old Man Gloom to be burned with fireworks.

When Zozobra begins to moan and groan, he can be heard throughout the city. Take a look at a video by Luke Fitch of the burning. He filmed it with a DJI Phantom quadcopter. This is an amazing clip and Fitch’s other videos are worth a look too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXpIcrJRrQA 

The 50-foot (15.21 m) clown/monster made the Guinness World Records in 2007, but he’s been the big guy in Santa Fe since 1924. Gloomy folks begin to arrive around noon although the burning doesn’t start until dusk. The show goes on even if it rains, but with 300+ days of sunshine in Santa Fe, that almost never happens. No dogs or lawn chairs allowed so bring a blanket and take a picnic.

Zozobra at his Moment of Clarity

Zozobra at his Moment of Clarity Wikimedia Commons

 

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe produces the fundraiser which requires 3500 volunteer hours to pull off. It uses the proceeds for scholarships, youth projects and camp fees for physically challenged children. Your $10 goes to provide good things. Tickets are available right up until burn time.

If you can’t make it and still want to burn your troubles, go to:

http://www.santafe.org/Viva_Santa_Fe/ 

Zozobra, Burn Baby Burn Wikimedia Commons

Zozobra, Burn Baby Burn
Wikimedia Commons

 

Roll down the page until you see the black box with Zozobra in it. Type in your worries and burn, burn, burn!

 

 

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Guest Author G G Collins talks about Rachel Blackstone the Reluctant Medium

G G Collins, Author & Journalist:

Reblogged to reluctantmediumatlarge.WordPress.com with my thanks. GG Collins

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:

G G Collins

What does a fact-based reporter do for fun? Write paranormal fiction of course.

I couldn’t help it. Once I discovered the Hopi ceremony to return the dead, the story almost wrote itself. Keeping in mind that questions are the basic tools of journalists, I just had to ask, “What would happen if the wrong spirit returned?”

Well, a lot can happen, most of it bad. The spirit Rachel Blackstone wanted to see was her father, who had died mysteriously. But she inadvertently calls back one who is not so nice—and it has a score to settle. Further, she’s suddenly endowed with talents she didn’t possess before and doesn’t want. Rachel is befriended by a Hopi shaman who guides her on the perilous quest to send the ghost packing.

RMReluctant Medium was to be a stand-alone book, but writing it was so much fun I decided to make it a series…

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Labyrinths: Walking Meditation

Walking a Labyrinth for Personal and Spiritual

Enlightenment

In the forthcoming “Atomic Medium” Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium, walks a labyrinth for insight into the mystery that will take her back to 1945 and The Manhattan Project.

by G G Collins      (Copyright 2014)

Labyrinth at Chartes Cathedral, France Wikipedia Commons

Labyrinth at Chartes Cathedral, France, Wikipedia Commons

Much like pyramids, labyrinths have been found all over the world although their origins have been lost in the sands of time. During the middle ages, Catholic churches featured labyrinths. For repentance, believers walked the passages on their knees. Even today churches with labyrinths may ask their members to walk the labyrinth during church holidays. One of the oldest and most beautiful labyrinths is the one at Chartes Cathedral outside Paris. It was constructed about 1200 and is located inside.

Newer information suggests that walking a labyrinth enhances right-brain thinking. People in the creative fields of writing, art, performance arts, may find their work improves and ideas flow after walking the circuits.

Medieval Pattern Labyrinth,  Wikipedia Commons

Medieval Pattern Labyrinth,
Wikipedia Commons

 

The circuit is the path one follows after entering the labyrinth. It is good to note that labyrinths are not mazes. There are no high walls outlining a labyrinth and no dead ends. Labyrinths do not put obstructions on the path. You enter the labyrinth and simply follow the paths round and round until you reach the center.

Stone Labyrinth in Sweden Wikipedia Commons

Stone Labyrinth in Sweden
Wikipedia Commons

Here’s a fun way to experience a labyrinth in cyber space. The Labyrinth Society has provided the Virtual Labyrinth Walk, an online version. It allows you to choose six different “walks,” each with its own symbol for focus. This may be done as a mouse-driven or self-guided walk. Along the way calming music plays. From time to time you may stop and choose a meditation to inspire you. Click on this link:

Online Labyrinth Walk Labyrinth Society

Labyrinth Courtesy Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

Contemporary Labyrinth, Photo Courtesy Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

Labyrinths can be constructed of earth, outlining the circuits with stone, brick or concrete for a more organic feel. But contemporary labyrinths are beautiful as well. This one at the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe is made from tinted stone. The colors indicate where to walk. The surface is completely flat allowing wheelchairs to access the labyrinth. The Milner Plaza labyrinth is a 7-circuit pattern designed by Allan T. Baer of Lloyd Tryk Architects and built by Marty Kermeen.

For more information about Santa Fe labyrinths check out: Labyrinth Resource Group of Santa Fe

If you don’t know if your community has a labyrinth, try this handy locator, the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.

Labyrinth Locator

If you’re working on a personal challenge or want to get your creative juices flowing, take a walk—through a labyrinth.

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“Reluctant Medium” by G G Collins Lands on 2nd Amazon Top 100 List

“Reluctant Medium” Now Found on Two Top 100 Lists

Mystery>Supernatural>Werewolves & Shifters

Mystery>Cozy>Animals

Caution for Cozy Readers: “Reluctant Medium” does contain profanity and some mild horror, so if you’re a cozy purest, it may not be for you. But it also contains humor, adventure and of course, all sorts of paranormal story lines.

Book Cover Reluctant Medium Newest 5-2014In the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series, Rachel meets with a different challenge  in each book. In “Reluctant Medium” it’s an shape-shifting evil spirit. The second installment, “Lemurian Medium,” is an encounter with a Mesoamerican man-eating deity. In upcoming “Atomic Medium,” it is alien beings. Set during current day and The Manhattan Project during the 1940s, the tentative pub date is December 2014. The fourth will be “Anasazi Medium” where Rachel stumbles onto spirits while camping out with friend Chloe–if you can imagine Chloe camping out? She’s sure to have it catered.Book Cover Newest LM 6-2014

At the heart of each book is the friendship between Rachel and Chloe as they work together to solve each supernatural mystery. Their assortment of “experts” continues to grow as they’ve expanded into crystals, astral and time travel. And Rachel will continue to have those strange experiences in bathrooms during the present and past.

Her cat Chile Pod and spirit animal Kiyiya try to watch out for Rachel, who remains reluctant.

Again, a big “thank you” to all readers who have taken the time to read the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries. And an extra thanks to all who made the time to write reviews. I appreciate it beyond words.

— G G Collins

 

 

 

 

 

“Reluctant Medium” by G G Collins Makes Amazon Mystery Top 100 Category

“Reluctant Medium” Enters 4th Week on Amazon Top 100 List

“Reluctant Medium” can be found on Amazon’s Mystery Category Top 100 List: Mystery/SupBook Cover Reluctant Medium Newest 5-2014ernatural/Werewolves & Shifters.

Although there are no werewolves in “Reluctant Medium” there is a shape-shifting evil spirit. The debut novel in the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mystery Series had a very successful promotional weekend. It has also found its way to the Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban Top 100 list from time to time.

Thanks to all my readers who have made it possible. Wow!

 

 

Reporter Solves Mysteries: Annika Bengtzon, the Stockholm Crime Beat

Journalist Character Makes Headlines

By G G Collins     (Copyright 2014) 

Studio Sex by Liza Marklund

Studio Sex by Liza Marklund

Many characters solve mysteries, but reporter protagonists can make their own headlines. One I’ve come across lately is Swedish writer Liza Marklund who created Annika Bengtzon. Bengtzon works for the Stockholm publication Kvällspressen where she covers the crime beat.

Bengtzon, who is haunted by her past, is only comfortable as she unremittingly pursues her assignments, often risking her own life to get the story. At home where she is the mother of two young children and the wife of an impatient husband, she is much less confident. It is this juxtaposition that makes this series so interesting. She obviously loves her children, but doesn’t seem quite sure how to fulfill two full-time jobs; that of parent and reporter. Annika can’t seem to please her husband regardless. Her job is just too consuming for him.

At work, although the editor in chief Anders Schyman can be gruff, Annika is in her element. The work, however grim, nourishes her fragile ego. The reasons for this unfold as the series continues. But her pursuit of a story is engrossing. There is another question around every bend in the plot and questions are the best tool of a reporter. Unfortunately, sometimes the answers are dangerous, even deadly.

DVD Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter

DVD Annika Bengtzon, Crime Reporter

Liza Marklund is a journalist turned author and goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Her books have been translated into some 30 languages. It is reported that ABC-TV in the States will debut a series based on her novels starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead of  A Good Day to Die Hard . But until then check out the excellent movies starring Malin Crépin as Annika. They are available at Amazon, in Swedish with English subtitles.

Marklund is a deft writer who tells a taut entertaining story with believable characters. She divides her time between Stockholm and Marbella, Spain. The first book in the series is Studio 69 (Studio Sex in the US).

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Reluctant Medium is Free Today Only June 6, 2014

Praise for Reluctant Medium

Reluctant Medium

Reluctant Medium

Thank you Amazon readers:

I look forward to the next adventure and you should give this first paranormal mystery with reporter Rachel Blackstone a try. You won’t be disappointed. — Cheryl

Very funny, very good characters, very much a good mystery. It all adds up to an entertaining read for a wide range of tastes. I am hoping the next one is as eclectic. Enjoy this great read. – jbshorses

I really enjoyed this book! This book kept me up way too late. I can’t wait for the next one! — Angela Causey

Reluctant Medium has attained 21 reviews and has an overall rating of 4.4. Thanks to all of you who read and took the extra time to write a review. I appreciate it very much.

If you haven’t read Reluctant Medium, you can try it today free. Just click on the book cover.

 

The second in the series, Lemurian Medium, is available at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HE18XES

 

FREE Kindle eBook “Lemurian Medium” Paranormal Mystery

How Far Would You Go to Rescue a Friend?

“Hang on tight…it’s quite a trip!” — Concordia Belle, Amazon Reader/Reviewer

 

FREE May 29 & 30, 2014 at Amazon

 

Rachel BlaBook Cover Newest LM 6-2014ckstone, the Reluctant Medium, travels through time to a place known only by legend. She finds herself on a continent destined to sink beneath the sea. While some of the inhabitants seem friendly, there are others with decidedly violent temperaments. Can she find her friend before cataclysmic events prevent their escape? Find out free. Thank you for reading.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HE18XES

Discover how Rachel Blackstone became the “Reluctant Medium” in Book 1:

http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Medi…um+g+g+collins

Interview With G G Collins in OmniMystery News

G G Collins Talks Rachel Blackstone, Writing & Shoes

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If you haven’t found OmniMystery News yet, click on their banner above and take a look. You’ll meet authors you love and find new ones who will become favorites. Check out book reviews, interviews, mystery blogs and the Mystery Event Calendar. Lance Wright, who must be an action hero to keep up with all the irons in the mystery fire, is the man behind it all. This includes Hidden Staircase Mystery Books and Mysterious Reviews.

Excerpt from interview with G G Collins:

OMN: If you could travel anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, to research the setting for a book, where would it be?

GGC: Peru! I’d hike the Inca Trail, take photos and scribble notes in my sleeping bag via my headlamp. Rachel Blackstone would have yet another out-of-body experience ending at Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail has sheer cliffs to fall from (or be pushed) and caves to get lost in (or hide bodies); what a swell time she’d have. And maybe me too. To read the rest: http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2014/05/a-conversation-with-mystery-author-gg-collins-1405180800.html

Check out the Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries only at Amazon. Just click on the book, and thanks for reading.

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