It’s dawn; do you know where your hawk feather is? Most of us spend the foggy first moments of our day stumbling towards a coffee mug, but for Heather Askinosie of Energy Muse, an early morning ancient purification ritual is as normal as can be.
The daily life of a professional crystal healer is – as you might expect – miles from ordinary, but wellness and weirdness often go hand in hand and we’re all about owning your quirks (check out Heather’s tips for that here).
Read on for a (hilarious!) glimpse inside a “normal” day in Heather’s world. You may emerge with some surprising inspo…
My son Orion came up behind me looking over my shoulder and asked me what I was doing.
“I am writing about a typical day in my life.”
“But you don’t have typical days,” he said. “Your days aren’t normal like other people.”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Here’s an example… remember at school when we were studying the history of Indians?”
I nodded yes, “I remember”
“Well, I come home one day after school and there one is. A real Chumash Indian in my living room with a huge whalebone lying on the floor. She is boiling herbs in the kitchen, drinking coffee and talking about her tribe. You made me show her my homework, and it just so happens that it was the day we studied Chumash Indians!! She tells me that all the information that I am being taught in school is wrong and not true. The reason she knows this is because her great, great, great grandfather was in the tribe they were talking about in my history book. I can guarantee you that nobody else in my school came home and had that happen to them.”
“I agree that was a coincidence.”
“A coincidence? That’s a typical day for you,” he said.
Maybe he is right. A typical day for me is not typical…
I normally wake up at 5 a.m. I have been told this is a good time to meditate since the Earth is still quiet and you are closer to God at this time.
Right when I wake up and drink a glass of Rudraksha seed bead water. Before I go to bed every night, I place three five-faced Rudrashka’s in a glass of water and let it soak over night. I drink for this every morning for good health, purification and a stronger auric shield.
Once a month I get up at 4:30 a.m. so I can participate remotely in a Green Tara Puja in Malaysia to learn more about this Tibetan deity. A puja is a ritual or ceremony that helps you have a deeper spiritual connection with the divine. She is known to be the swift liberator and the Bodhisattva of compassion. You can call upon her to help you in any area of your life that you need assistance. Her mantra is: Om tuttare ture svaha. To prepare for the puja, I have saffron water, flowers, food offerings, fragrances, incense and her image on my altar.
Each and every morning, while my family is sleeping I play a CD of Sanskrit purification and cleansing mantras. I then walk through every room in my house with my hawk feather and cleanse it with a sacred smoke blend of frankincense, sage and copal. I open up a few doors and windows so that when my family wakes up, the smoke is gone.
After cleansing, I head to my sacred room (yes, I have a whole room filled with crystals, sacred geometry, images of spiritual masters and an altar). I light a tea light candle as a sign to God that I am ready to pray. I then get comfortable sitting on a meditation cushion, which is under my eight-foot tall copper pyramid, and place four black shungite cubes on each side to keep me grounded. I hold two selenite rods in my hands for liquid light and expansion and meditate for 20 minutes. My meditations vary depending on what I am studying at the time. Currently, I start my morning with transcendental meditation that I learned 25 years ago.
Get kids fed, packed and off to school. This is when the early morning prayers and meditation pay off. I leave my hours of bliss and become a drill sergeant. Did you get your homework? Brush your teeth? Don’t forget your lunch. Remember you have your tutor today. This list is endless and continues until they walk out the door. Sometimes the mornings are so chaotic, I do another round of sageing and purification mantras. I often wonder what it would be like if I didn’t do this stuff; the thought alone scares me.
I head to Core Power Yoga. I really love hot yoga. I come in, lay my mat down, add some crystals to the front of my mat for expansion and I am done in an hour. When I have more time, Kundalini is my preferred yoga as it has literally changed my mind.
I’m an information and knowledge junkie, so I usually spend part of my day meeting with some type of healer, teacher, guru or shaman to pick their brain for ancient secrets. This week, I went to Chinatown and met with several Chinese medicine herbalists to discuss ear acupuncture and herbal formulas. My particular interest was gathering more information on what point on the ear acupuncture helps with stress reduction. I learned about the shen men point, which is considered a divine gate in the ear and helps treat anxiety, stress and depression. While I was there, I also picked up 10 pairs of slippers. When people come to visit my home, they can take off their shoes and put on slippers, so that negative energy no longer enters my house on the soles of people’s shoes.
Last week, I was making calls to scholars and healers in Hawaii familiar with the ancient Hawaiian chants and the ancient healing ways, to gather information regarding the elements of the Earth and how kahunas worked these elements to heal people on a spiritual level. In general, I trust my gut when I am intuitively called to study something, meet certain people or be open to something new.
I am focusing on an upgrade of the brain diet, which includes more greens, minimal carbs, less sugar, more good fats. After 40, it’s all about feeding our cells, feeding the brain and switching back on the repair switches in the body that start to turn off as we age. I’ll find try to find a moment to pause to get in my daily brain-boosting foods.
I go to my office at Energy Muse to meet with a client for a crystal stone reading. Each reading lasts an hour and is a very powerful way to tap into your soul’s purpose. Many people have said that one stone reading gets you to a breakthrough point similar to 10 hours of therapy. You choose from hundreds of stones from all around the world. The stones you pick will give you a message from your subconscious mind, guiding you on how to make positive changes and shifts in your life. It’s not a predictive reading – it’s a soulful and transformational reading.
After a crystal healing session, I usually meet with the Energy Muse team to go over future events, social media outreach and purchasing new crystals for our showroom and website.
This is our family time. Every night we take an hour to eat together and share the events of our day. It’s important to always reconnect as a family, especially when everyone’s lives are going in so many directions during the day. My dog Sirius has epilepsy, so he gets a crystal energy treatment during the week. He likes when I lay malachite and selenite over his belly. This makes him feel calm – he lays there for at least 10 minutes without the stones falling off, with a big snaggle-toothed smile.
I take an aura cleansing bath with sea salt, apple cider vinegar and baking soda. As I get into the bath, all the day’s events, people and mental projections are cleared from my energy field.
I head to bed and lay with a piece of rose quartz over my heart. I also use a Quantum Wave Laser by laying it over my adrenals, sacrum, back of my neck and thymus for six minutes at a time. It helps to reduce stress of the day and ensure a great night’s sleep.
Right before bed, I open my gratitude journal and I list three things that I am grateful for each day as I sip a cup of ashwagandha or Spring Dragon Longevity tea.
The minute I get in bed, I feel the love. My room is gridded with rose quartz, amethyst and selenite. The energy is soothing and tranquil. My bed has been placed in my best magnetic direction for sleep and rejuvenation. As I turn out the light and give my husband a kiss goodnight, I give thanks for another day.