Yes, I'm talking about election season.
For my fellow empaths, this can be a particularly trying time. All those powerful emotions being dumped into the atmosphere find their way into our energy fields. There are days I feel it would take a truckload of burning white sage to clear me of it. But in truth, no one escapes this time without some emotional fallout. And we all, regardless of political party affiliations, deserve a little help weathering this national storm.
As with all things, crystals come to our rescue. In the following paragraphs, I'm going to identify five major challenges of election season, and a crystal you can work with to help with each of them.
I always find this aspect of election time quite saddening. I hate feeling angry, mistrustful, judgmental, and separated from some of my friends and family. And while I strive to diffuse the tension within myself as much as humanly possible, it's natural for these knee-jerk emotions to arise.
Enter Shiva Lingam to the rescue. This beautiful stone of harmony, balance, and most importantly, unity, reminds me that this too shall pass. November will come. Decisions will be made. Votes will be cast and ballots will be counted. A new president will rise, and after the dust settles, the people who are family, who are my circle of friends and network of support, will remain so. We may feel divided for a time, but in truth, we are together for a lifetime.
That, in short, is a recipe for crippling fear and anxiety. We can feel uprooted and disconnected as we move from one term, one president, to the next. And so much of the vitriol which is released during these critical months is a direct result of our deeper fears pushing up and out.
Hematite, a crystal that is incredibly grounding, reestablishes our sense of connection to something larger, older, and wiser than ourselves or our nation--our planet, the Earth Mother. It reminds us that we are part of a much greater whole, a much grander scheme, and that sense of smallness can be amazingly comforting.
Fluorite is primarily a crown chakra stone that awakens our higher wisdom, clears the mind, prioritizes our goals and values, and helps us chart a course to a clear destination. Acting also on the heart, third eye, and throat, this valuable crystal can be your ally when its time to line up at the ballot box.
Not to mention the hate speech, mudslinging, and blame which is endemic to the campaign process. Try as we might, we all get caught up in the righteous fury and the need to defend our stance vehemently.
Rose quartz acts on the heart chakra, increasing emotions like compassion and mercy. Love is the strongest emotional vibration there is; the only one stronger than fear (notice I said stronger not higher). That makes loves the perfect antithesis to fear and anger, which can easily override our system, drawing energy from our highly evolved frontal lobes into the most primitive part of our brain, the amygdala. So when your ire is up and your seeing nothing but red, grab rose quartz to balance out before you do or say things against your better judgment.
Onyx is one of the more powerful tools in a crystal healer's toolbox when it comes to deflecting negative energy. Onyx empowers the empath and creates a shield around them, safeguarding the EMF from the menacing juju of others. This is an excellent choice for periods of intense and focused bad vibes, such as in the case of psychic vampirism.