By now you've probably heard about vision boards and the term "the power of manisfestion," which is often discussed on social media sites involved with the new age movement. You may be wondering, is this all hype or does a person actually have the power to manifest and create their future experiences or desired outcomes in life.
The answer is... hell YES!
When you are visualizing and actually seeing daily reminders that invoke a feeling that you desire to experience, through the law of attraction, circumstances are brought toward you that gradually bridge the gap between where you are now and where you would like to be in the future. The key here is to pick images, words & colours (whether digital or paper) that actually trigger a FEELING response within you.
The truth is that we have creative control over our lives. We have the power to live our lives on purpose, rather than letting life "happen to us." When we practice deliberate thought and visualize experiences that offer a positive feeling response, we change our vibrational offering.
I encourage you to create a vision/mood board through an easy and free collage program found on www.picmonkey.com. That is how I made the above example. Or you may wish to create one with magazine clippings for a more tangible option. I promise you, this is an effective & efficient way to get the ball rolling and bring your dreams into your reality! Happy visualizing!
I have a pretty unusual story with how bodycherish came to be. I wasn't sure if I wanted to share these real, raw (not all pretty) personal details but then I met the right woman to open up with (Alanna who is a Canadian mama on a journey to live wholehearted, simple and clean). She's awesome and so is her lovely + informative site (which is now called Divine Mamahood and is currently under construction).
Christine, you're a Certified Physiologist & Exercise Therapist, specializing in injury rehabilitation and fitness. That sounds like a fulfilling job in itself; what motivated you to want to do more and create BodyCherish?
So many reasons! BodyCherish is reflective of everything that I am passionate & interested in, including taking a more holistic approach to health (body, mind and spirit) and practicing radical self love & care along the way. BodyCherish supports this approach through the crystal essence infused, organic skincare as well as the services that are soon to be offered. It is my belief that pursuing your passions in life (those things that light you up) are of the utmost importance to ones well-being. I believe that following your passions is a way to practice radical self-love and that is what is truly fulfilling to me. It’s like saying “Yes!” to the Universe "I do deserve to do things that nourish my spirit and bring me joy."
Something that I haven't come across in the green beauty world is this infusion of Crystal Essences into skin care. How did you come up BodyCherish and this unique concept?
I can actually pin point the day in which I received the inspired idea to formulate my own green beauty products. It was November 15th, 2014 and I was submerged in a 2 week long road trip from Alberta through to the southern states. Along the way, I spent most of my time fully immersed in nature, exploring national parks, hiking and camping most nights while sleeping in a tent under the stars. There was one particular day that I saw so many beautiful & breathtaking places that Mama Nature had to offer. It was these experiences that I feel opened me up to receive what I call a divinely inspired idea. I was driving along a windy road, entering Sedona, Arizona when the idea hit me like a lightening bolt. That idea was I must make body butters infused with crystal essences. That is where the idea was planted and it has been an ongoing work in progress that has evolved ever since. Interestingly enough, my company just so happened to debut it’s launch exactly one year later to the day, on November 15, 2015.
I absolutely LOVE working with crystals & I am always interested in learning more about the truly remarkable healing benefits that each stone holds. It is this draw toward the elemental kingdom (and different energy practices in general) that has compelled me to become a Certified Crystal Healer & Advanced Reiki Practitioner. Making crystal essences is how I am able to add the energetic properties of the actual crystal to each BodyCherish product. I really believe in the powers that these crystal essences have to promote healing and awaken well-being in the body. Each product has a different combination of crystal essences added to offer further benefits to the body, mind and spirit, in addition to the already nourishing organic ingredients that make up each body butter and oil.
Have you always been an advocate for radical self-care and holistic wellness?
Not at all, but let me elaborate. For the majority of my twenties I had a chemical saturated body, inflamed red skin, cystic acne, eczema patches, allergic skin reactions (hives and itching), mood irritability, unhealthy relationships, chronic insomnia, stress, stress & more stress, poor eating habits, crummy self esteem and body image, irregular exercise habits & low energy, zero spiritual practice, an ever going battle up and down on the weigh scale, minimal to no leisure pursuits & a downright disconnect with my true self & higher purpose. Back then I worked all week just for the weekends to drink alcohol. I had no sense of true fulfillment. Sure, I did occasional yoga and maybe (with struggle) made it to the gym but that was it. From the outside, I had what seemed like it all (I was married with a good paying job, a nice house and plans for having a baby). Truth is that it felt empty and caused something inside me start to stir. I wanted more out of life. I wanted to feel good; to feel energized and inspired. So, my first step was cleaning up my diet. I started to juice vegetables and became more and more mindful and curious about what I was putting into body and onto my skin and how it would make me feel.
Although I was starting to get healthier through nutrition and non-toxic beauty products, at that time I was not yet into crystals, and energetic practices in general. It was a life altering summer back in 2013 that really changed things. It was that summer that I got some major wake up calls from the Universe in how I wanted to live and experience my life and how what i had been doing wasn't working anymore. See, I sustained a traumatic brain injury that included fracturing the left side of my skull and also losing 100% my sense of smell. Soon after this incident, which also coincided with me going through a divorce, losing my house and also my sense of identity in this world; I found myself being guided down a much more spiritual path and approach to life. At the time I didn’t view it as “spiritual” but rather as a necessity to start prioritizing myself by practicing self-love and care practices which were essential to get my life back on track.
These practices (yoga, meditation, gratitude journaling, dietary changes, and eliminating drama in general) all influenced me positively and I started to notice an ever increasing optimism, and fulfillment, as well as sensitivity to the energies around me. A big part of this was also my ever increasing draw towards crystals and their healing benefits. It makes perfect sense to me now that following the loss of one sense, my body had to adapt and make up for it by enhancing a different sense; I feel it was my loss of smell that resulted in my heightened sensitivity toward energies and the crystal kingdom, but also my ability to trust my own intuitive guidance system in order to make decisions confidently.
So it may seem surprising, even bizarre, that the formulator and creator of a skincare line has never been able herself to smell the products created. What’s even more interesting about all of this is that had it not been for what may appear like a major barrier (my loss of smell) I don’t think I would have experienced the same heightened sensitivity toward energies and crystals; nor would I have been compelled to make some major changes in my life that required radical self-love and care.
What is your process like from start to finish when you're handcrafting an item?
Research, research, research! Mixed in with trial and error and eventual application on my own skin. I feel I am the best test subject as my skin is incredibly sensitive. The most time consuming phase of the handcrafting process is the creation of the crystal essences. Click here to read my blog post on how I make them. Other than that, the beauty butters take a fair bit of time as they require both melting down of ingredients, refrigeration for the perfect amount of time (with regular stirring), followed by whipping, jarring and then labeling. I don't mind the time my products take to make as I truly enjoy making them & take pride in the quality of what I am creating.
What message do you most hope to pass on to women?
Your past does not define you & where you stand today does not determine where you’ll be in the future. You get to decide RIGHT NOW, by the empowered choices you make today, what your future experiences will be made of. I know this from my own transformational changes for the better. Any difficult or trying time in one's life can be a catalyst for where you choose to go next. You can choose to respond in a way that proves your resilience and strength. You can step forward into a life you only dreamed of. That's the life you deserve to live.
Crystal Healing is an alternative healing technique that directly influences the energetic systems of the human body and intern positively impacts the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. Wearing, holding or even placing a crystal close to your body will cause a subtle effect to your body's own energy field. To further amplify the truly remarkable healing powers of the crystal kingdom, one can place them in a grid formation. I offer my clients crystal layouts that are placed upon different sacred geometry symbols, including the Seed of Life, Flower of Life and Metatrons cube. This further empowers and amplifies the intention of the healing session. What exactly is sacred geometry? You can think of it as the form beneath all life and points to a divine order in our reality. We can follow that order from the smallest invisible atom and all the way to the infinite stars, finding ourselves at each step along the way.
How does is work?
Each crystal has a unique metaphysical properties (energetic blueprint) which promote healing on different levels of your being. This is impart due to how each crystal resonates differently with each chakra centre of the human body and energy field. You may have heard about the chakras but aren't totally clear on what exactly they are and how they work. You can think of the 7 major chakras like energy centres of the of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies. These bodies are also known as the subtle bodies and a chakra is an energy point (or node) in the subtle body versus the physical body. You can also picture a chakra as a funnel shaped energy centre (or vortex) that corresponds with many meridian points and nerve bundles in the human body.
There are different ways a person can open, clear and balance their main 7 chakras. This is important because when a chakra centre is moving optimally, then that area of ones life is also flowing optimally. However, when a chakra is blocked in moving poorly, the area of one's life that it directly impacts will also not be in flow.
For example, the Root Chakra is located at the base of the spine and the corresponding colour is red. When balanced, it will bring about good health, feeling grounded, safe and secure and prosperous. However, when unbalanced or blocked it will bring about feelings of insecurity, fear, financial difficulties, boredom, lethargy, chronic pain (often in the low back) and depression. Physically, an unbalanced root chakra will bring about dry, pale, blotchy skin.
Each chakra resonates with different foods, colours, sounds, mantras, activities, yoga poses, affirmations, essential oils and of course crystals!
Want more evidence?
From a scientific perspective, Dr. Masaru Emoto has extensive research which proves that water that has not been contaminated or altered (sourced directly from the spring) is the most programmable substance on earth. This means it can be imbued (charged or saturated) with the same metaphysical properties (think: energetic footprint) of the crystal that is placed within it or beside it within a larger glass jar.
Dr. Emoto’s studies scientifically prove that water can also be programmed with our thoughts, attitudes and emotions. His studies show that loving words and positive thoughts directed at water create a brilliant & complex snowflake pattern when viewed with a powerful microscope. If you are curious to learn more, check out his best-selling book, The Hidden Messages in Water.
When we realize we can positively effect water with the energy of a crystal, it starts to make more sense that we can positively influence our own bodies as well, given they are 75% water!
What are some of the benefits of Crystal Healing?
This healing technique alleviates chakra imbalances by dissolving energy blocks, allowing life force energy to flow smoothly and freely to your being. The benefit of chakras moving optimally will literally influence every possible aspect of your life in a positive way. Remember, EVERYTHING is energy first and foremost and before anything can come into manifestation in this world, it first starts as energy. That includes love, joy, abundance, security and health, but it also includes sadness, shame, depression, conflict, pain, disease and scarcity just to name a few. When you first focus on changing your energy, the ripple effect of positive life changes become inevitable. This I know from first hand experience. Read article here if curious.
Crystal Healing Offerings:
Each offering can be added on to a Reiki session to further amplify the intention and focus of the healing session. I highly recommend combining these two services for optimal effect. Please email me directly with intentions of your healing session and I will tailor a custom crystal layout that is specifically suited to your needs and most desired outcome(s). I take the utmost care in the preparation of my crystals being used, including physically and energetically cleansing them prior to each the session, as well as space clearing the room between clients. This ensures a crystal clear, yet calming & high vibrational space.
To assist my clients take their healing experience and intention home with them after the session, I gift each one with a crystal that corresponds to the healing intention. This along with a gift bag of positive affirmations and aromatherapy ensures you continue to hold the energy of the healing session as the days and weeks unfold.
If you do not have a specific healing intention that you would like to focus on, please pick from and one of the following offerings. If you are not sure which would be best suited to meet your needs, please email me to further discuss. I love offering assistance and guidance in this area.
Crystal Healing offerings (click each to learn more)
Simply email me (email@example.com) which option you'd like after you book online here.
Blissful music, tranquil nature sounds, aromatherapy and Reiki may also be included as part of this restorative service to further enhance the healing experience.
What to expect after a Crystal Healing session?
Overall, Crystal Healing and Chakra Balancing allows for many benefits, including the following:
These benefits will continue to unfold for several days (and even longer) after the treatment has taken place. This is your body continuing to restore itself back into harmony and balance.
BODYCHERISH has expanded and now offers holistic empowerment services which will include Reiki, Crystal Healing and Chakra Balancing; all to inspire higher vibrational living. Click here to learn more!