Pre-Tucson New Arrivals

The Tucson Gem and Minersl Show is right around the corner. The largest show of it’s kind, dealers flock into Tucson from all over the world, both to buy and to sell. One of the things I do, prior to the show, is to call my favorite dealers who sell there, as they are packing up to ship truckloads of their inventory out there. This way I get first pick of what will be arriving at the show, even before it gets there. I have a big order arriving tomorrow of some really spectacular things. Some Smokey Elestial Quartz pieces, all sizes, some with Record Keepers and Trigonics, from Brazil, the Minas Gerais region. This inventory is from 1988, and the prices will reflect that. Mineral specimen prices have skyrocketed over the past 10 years, so when I have the opportunity to grab the older inventory I do.

Also arriving in this shipment is Pyrite from Peru, both by itself, and with Quartz. Fabulous. Pyrite is a Master Healer and Guardian.

I received a shipment last week of huge, spectacular Rose Quartz Spheres, with 6-pointed Stars, from Madagascar, which has the best Rose Quartz in the world. This shipment includes a 4.75″ Sphere and a 4.30″ Sphere. I will be listing these over the next few days.

I will be hunting for Charoite Spheres and Eggs at the show, as the Russian dealers come in. Good Charoite has become increasingly difficult to find. It is only found in Siberia, and the production in the mines there has stopped, or nearly. It is fairly pricey now, but so amazing. It usually has inclusions of black Aegirine and golden Tinaksite. So, fingers crossed.

So keep checking the “New Arrivals” page on my website. I love this show, and always find incredible things. Last year, a wonderful dealer from India had gem quality Lepidolite polished into the Shiva Lingam shape, (an Egg on both sides), as well as Rainbow Moonstone Shiva Lingams, Black Tourmaline Shiva Lingams, Sonora Sunset Chrysocolla Shiva Lingams. I went crazy. I spent most of my Tucson budget with him. And it was all gone in a week. I’m looking forward to seeing what he has for me this year. Blessings to all, Judith Star-Medicine

The Five Questions

5B54A7D8-70AA-4D39-B90A-2CBC5F56614AI have been privileged to have studied Chinese Medicine for over 20 years with the renowned Taoist Master Dr. Jeffrey Yuen. Dr. Yuen teaches from the Classical tradition, pre-communist China. (From a lineage of Taoist Priests that spans 88 generations. ) His bio can be viewed at www.jadepurityfoundation.org. Over the years, he has taught 1 or 2 year-long programs on a number of things: Chinese Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy, the Stones and Chinese Medicine, the Psyche and Chinese Medicine, Advanced Acupuncture, and much more. What makes all of these courses so unique is the thread of Taoism running through all of them. From a Taoist perspective, all illness is an invitation to change. That all illness is a sign of a spiritual imbalance in some way,  that to truly heal, we need to look at what that invitation to change is. And to achieve that, we need to know ourselves.

One tool Dr. Yuen shared in a class, and I don’t really remember which program it was, was that to know ourselves we should be able to answer 5 questions,  one for each of the 5 Elements. In Chinese Medicine we have 5 Elements: Air/Metal, Fire, Water, Earth, and Wood. Each represents organs in the body, and each has emotional/spiritual characteristics. I can go into them more fully at a later time if anyone is interested. He teaches that to be self-aware, we could meditate on the 5 questions. I found this practice to be enormously helpful, and revisit the 5 questions every year or so, because as I evolve, the answers evolve also. The questions are listed below.

For the EARTH ELEMENT: What nourishes me, or nurtures me?

For the WATER ELEMENT: What do I have faith in, what do I trust?

For the WOOD ELEMENT: What motivates me? What moves me forward?

For the METAL/AIR ELEMENT: What is precious to me? What do I value?

For the FIRE ELEMENT: What inspires me and brings me joy?

As I have changed and grown over the years, the answers have changed with me. Once you know what is precious to you, you can take steps to protect that. Once you know what nurtures you, you can be mindful about doing that for yourself. For instance, I know that reading nourishes me, so I make time to do that. I know that my serenity is precious to me, so I make sure that I don’t give my power away to people or situations that thrive on drama or negativity. I am clear about what inspires me, so I commit to including those things in my life.

I love to share Dr. Yuen’s teachings, to make them available to others, so that we can all be blessed, even if we have not had the desire or opportunity to devote years to the study or practice of Classical Chinese Medicine. May these teachings bring you further insights into yourself, and with those insights, healing. Blessings, Judith Star-Medicine

Self Respect

Self respect can mean different things to different people. To me, it means being in touch with our feelings about everything. Are we honoring what our bodies need, in terms of rest, diet, quiet time? Life places a lot of demands on us. Family, friends, work. How we deal with those demands is very important. Many of us can feel guilty if we try and take time for ourselves. Time is a precious commodity that most of us wish we had more of. I try to be mindful of where and how I spend this infinitely valuable currency. There is a saying, that time is money. I don’t think so. I think our time is far more valuable than money. Because you can never get it back.

Respect yourself by being mindful of being in relationships where there is reciprocity. An exchange of energy. Over the years, I have had clients who needed me but couldn’t pay me. In those cases I observed the Native way of them making me a ” food offering.” A meal. Over those years, I have been paid in fresh eggs, chili, roasted chicken, sausage and peppers, you name it. A food offering is a way to work with someone who doesn’t have the means to pay in that moment, while allowing the person to give back, energetically speaking.

We should always expect to be treated with respect. Eleanor Roosevelt once said ” For a person to be treated as a doormat, first they have to lie down.” I love that. Sometimes people can have very strange entitlement issues. They can feel entitled to our time, our knowledge, our attention. Listen to that voice inside yourself about how someone is making you feel. If you feel as though you are being taken advantage of, or being used in some way, you probably are. Do boundary work. Set limits about what feels healthy for you. If saying no is hard for you at first, okay. Learn to say something like, ” I have to think about it”, or, “I’ll get back to you on that.” Or, “I can’t give you a yes on that right now.” All of those are a No.

Above all, be true to yourself. Be authentic. Be who you really are. In life, being true to ourselves very often is going to involve saying the word “No.” For whatever reason, some people refuse to take no for an answer, or get angry when they don’t get what they want. But self respect demands that we quietly, and firmly take care of ourselves. Because if you don’t take care of you, who is going to?

Blessings, Rev Judith Star-Medicine