Out Now! Your Meditation Journey

Out Now! Your Meditation Journey

Your Meditation Journey

Over 30 exercises and visualizations to guide you on the path to inner peace and self-discovery

In today’s hectic world we all need a way of countering the stresses and strains of modern living. Meditation holds the answer: it is the process of centring the mind and achieving a calm, balanced state of consciousness. Not only can it provide the clarity needed to cope with everyday challenges, but it can also help improve conditions ranging from anxiety to pain.

This easy-to-follow introductory guide tells you everything you need to know to get started. Covering the basics of posture, breathing and other practical considerations, as well as guided visualizations, single-point meditation and the power of light, sound and silence, the exercises and techniques will help you develop meditation skills and find your own oasis of calm.



Author Charla Devereux sits down with Neil del Strother to talk about her latest book Your Meditation Journey. Charla shares her journey on learning to meditate and how she practices mindfulness just by walking down the street.

An Introduction to 
Your Meditation Journey

Meditation is a system of methods aimed at attaining a mental state that is simultaneously calm, alert and focused, sometimes referred to as the ‘centring’ of consciousness. Regular meditation produces a controlled, balanced mind that is good not only for physical and mental well-being and effective functioning in daily life, but also for personal spiritual growth.

A Zen sage once observed that the untrained mind is like a directionless cork bobbing about on a choppy sea. That has never been truer than in today’s hectic modern world where distractions pull the mind remorselessly from one thing to another. Consequently, the mental oasis provided by the practice of meditation has never been more needed. It can help you to better cope with everyday pressures, quieten the usual mental ‘chatter’ and add clarity of thought in decision-making.

The benefits of meditation

Although it should not be used as an alternative to mainstream, allopathic medicine, meditation is increasingly being recognized as a useful tool for helping to ease the many manifestations of stress such as high blood pressure, back pain and other muscular aches and pains, insomnia and headaches, potentially leading to overall better health. Meditation can in some circumstances also help to alleviate psychological issues such as depression and anxiety.

Because it promotes mental equilibrium and tranquillity, meditation enhances the ability to listen and understand more clearly by being really present in the moment. A state of bliss can, on occasion, be reached by a regular meditator – and even if this is attained for only a short period of time, the memory of such an experience stays forever alive in the heart and can be drawn upon, especially during those chaotic periods that life inevitably brings to everyone from time to time.

When conscientiously practised, meditation is inevitably a gateway to deep introspection, and so it can allow for greater self-knowledge and even entry to inner spiritual realms. Although approaches used in the different schools and traditions of meditation may vary, as we shall see, the ultimate aim remains the same – namely, to bring the body and mind to the highest states of sensitivity and understanding of which a person is capable of achieving.

Setting out on the journey

This book provides everything you need to enable you to effectively include the practice of meditation in your daily life. The first three chapters outline, variously, the religious, secular and scientific research backgrounds to meditation, to give a grounding in the subject and to indicate its long association with humanity. All too often in today’s culture there is a tendency to seek instant gratification, with too superficial an understanding of things.

Chapter 1 provides an overview of how meditation was used in ancient religions and traditions, and you are encouraged to become familiar with this rich and important heritage. Included are examples of meditative practices in cultures that include Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen and even such shamanic-based spiritual traditions as Taoism. Meditation can also be part of the mystical side of the great global religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This longevity of meditation in human experience is your guarantee of its profound value.

Chapter 2 looks briefly at the more secular modern western approaches to meditation which tend to regard it more on a level with healing practices, such as psychotherapy, or forms of yoga.

Chapter 3 refers to a few of the growing number of scientific studies exploring both the physical and mental benefits derived from meditation, including improvement in sleep patterns, reduction in the need for medication such as tranquillizers, how meditation has been shown to have a direct effect on the patterns of electrical waves in the brain, and the possibility that different types of meditation have their own unique benefits. Modern monitoring techniques allow us to understand what takes place in the body and how it is positively affected by meditation.

Following this grounding, we learn the practical basics for setting out on your journey into meditation.

Chapter 4 includes tips on how to set up an appropriate place that you can use regularly for the purpose of meditation, information regarding some traditional postures and advice on how to prepare your body and mind for meditation – diet, clothing, time of day and sensory aids. Techniques relating to the fundamental practice of breathing meditation are also given.

The following chapters describe specific meditation techniques, bringing in rarely mentioned environmental factors in nature, such as sound and light.

Chapter 5 provides a number of guided visualization themes. Guided visualization is the best way to start reining in the mind, especially for the beginner, because being image-rich it can more effortlessly begin to train the mind on inner focusing.

Chapter 6 introduces single-point meditation. This more minimalist type of technique paradoxically requires a greater degree of mental skill. Several approaches, using both inner and external focus points, are suggested. 

Chapter 7 looks at environmental factors in nature when considering outdoor meditation sessions. It describes how light and, especially, certain types of sound can be useful aids to meditation.

‘ Much of what may be seen as confusion in daily life can be transmuted by meditation into a more harmonious internal reality.’

The final chapter discusses the different types of silence available to the meditator.

Chapter 8 discusses both mundane silence and spiritual ‘Silence’. The former is our everyday understanding of quietness, and where and when it can best be found, but the latter is the most exalted state of consciousness that can be gained in meditation if one is using it as a spiritual path. This chapter introduces koans (Zen Buddhist disrupters of logical thinking) among other techniques that help in the seeking of the Silence.

It is important to remember that although the meditative experience may not be the same for each person, the essential aim of the practice does remain the same. Much of what may be seen as confusion in daily life can be transmuted by meditation into a more harmonious internal reality which in turn leads to a more harmonious way of coping with the world. In a nutshell, the goal of meditation amounts to self-realization.

On a grand scale, we could speculate that if meditation was a normal practice within society as a whole, it would be capable of reducing much human suffering. This may sound like an ambitious claim, but it is not an idle one.

An ancient Chinese saying points out that the longest journey starts with the first step. This book can shorten the journey into meditation, so let’s step out!

Out Now! 

Your Meditation Journey

Learn how to relax and de-stress to soothe body and mind

Discover the benefits of meditation for a healthier, happier life

Includes easy-to-follow exercises, visualizations and meditations to practise at home

Price: £12.99

Out Now! Natural Painkillers

Out Now! Natural Painkillers

Out Now! Natural Painkillers

Relieve pain with natural remedies and exercises


From a mild headache to crippling arthritis, pain is part of our everyday experience. This book is your guide to understanding pain and the natural, practical and scientifically proven techniques that will make it go away.



  • Key rules for a pain-fighting diet 
  • 10 foods that bring relief – turmeric, cabbages, pineapple and more … 
  • Deep-breathing and relaxation techniques 
  • Natural remedies for common problems, from burns to backache and joint pain 
  • Potent herbal poultices, compresses, balms, massages, baths, teas and rubs 


It twinges, it burns, it pounds, it pierces, it stings, it throbs … in short, it hurts! Nobody is immune. No one goes through life without pain – at best unpleasant, at worst unbearable – intruding at times. Whether it’s a migraine, toothache, joint pain, a bad back or stomach ache, pain is part of our lives and, with the best will in the world, we can’t eradicate it.

We were all born with a cry that paediatricians agree today reveals the suffering felt by fetuses as they push their way through the birth canal, then, as newborns, swallow their first breath of air as their lungs unfold. Did we come into the world in pain? It’s quite likely. We have no memory of this painful feeling, yet it forms the backdrop against which all our future pains resonate, whether slight or intense.

Medical management of pain is fairly recent. Since the mid-twentieth century, new therapeutic approaches have made it possible to suppress suffering in extreme situations, especially for people in the last phases of incurable disease. But what about everyday pain, of the sort that disrupts our wellbeing without endangering our lives? Usually, we ‘kill’ it with over-the-counter analgesics (aspirin, paracetamol, ibuprofen and so on). However, such drugs are not without risks. They may be suitable for occasional use – a sprained wrist that prevents you writing for a few days or toothache that requires a trip to the dentist – but when the pain intensifies or sets in for a longer period, things are different. The effect of medication decreases when it’s taken regularly, and long-term use can produce undesirable side-effects.

So what can be done? Do we make a dive for the first drugs we come across with no regard for the risks, or do we try, stoically, to simply tolerate the pain? The best course of action lies between the two. Pain is, first and foremost, a message that we need to listen to. It’s a signal to us that ‘something’ is wrong with our body, whether it’s a simple splinter in the finger, gastric inflammation or a slipped disc. Incidentally, it’s worth noting that the intensity of the pain may not correlate with the severity of the problem, although it will certainly determine the urgency with which we deal with it.

It’s important, therefore, to hear the message before trying to numb the pain; otherwise the problem may continue to develop silently. In doing so, we also need to be aware of the origin of the pain in order to deal with the cause: extract the splinter, relieve the inflammation or whatever. Take a simple toothache. This is usually a sign that a cavity is forming in the tooth dentine and is getting close to the pulp chamber housing the nerve. Painkillers may get rid of the pain, but they won’t prevent decay from continuing on its merry way.

So be careful not to put the cart before the horse!
Once the underlying cause has been identified, suffering is no longer necessary. The signal has been heard and we can act. Then comes the second step: finding a painkilling solution suitable for the problem. And the choice is vast! In addition to drugs, which can be reserved for emergencies or for severe pain, traditional medicine offers a wealth of safe and effective painkilling products and methods.
There’s herbal medicine, of course, as well as the essential oils extracted from various plants. But they are far from the only recourse. Staples such as clay and bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) can control certain types of pain. Making changes to your diet can be effective for recurrent inflammatory pain. Add breathing exercises, anti-stress techniques, yoga and massage to all this and you have an arsenal of weapons with which to combat all (or almost all) the usual pains of everyday life, without running the slightest risk to your body. Let’s face it: why deprive yourself of pain relief!


Four Natural Remedies for Headaches

Cephalalgia is the medical term for all types of headache, including migraine (pain in half of the skull), ophthalmic headache (related to eyestrain) and headaches of neural, hormonal or digestive origin. In all cases, headaches, which can vary in intensity, are distressing because it’s very difficult to think and concentrate when your head feels like it’s trapped in a vice.

Women are more affected than men by headaches, whether occasionally or frequently. A person is deemed to suffer from chronic headaches when they’ve experienced at least five seizures in the previous twelve months, each lasting
at least 48 hours. If you frequently get headaches, seek medical advice to determine their origin. You’ll then be better equipped to treat the source of the problem. In addition, you can administer the following treatments whenever you suffer from a headache. The sooner you act, the more effective they will be.


The feverfew plant, also sometimes called bachelor’s buttons, has been used since ancient times to soothe pain, particularly headaches. Its efficacy for this traditional use has been scientifically proven. Some scientific studies suggest that feverfew may reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.



  •  Add 1 level tablespoon of dried feverfew to a large cup of boiling water. Leave to infuse for 5 minutes, then filter and drink.
  • If your headache is isolated, drink two or three cups a day.
  • If the headache is recurrent, continue the treatment for a week: drink a large cup as soon as you feel a headache coming on, and continue to drink two large cups a day for the rest of the week.


When distilled, peppermint, an ancient medicinal plant, yields an essential oil that has decongestant, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties. Most importantly, it’s a great painkiller and provides rapid relief – good news if you suffer from headaches.



  • If the headache is quite localized, put a drop of peppermint essential oil on the tips of both your index fingers, then rub the spot where your headache is – for example, your forehead (be careful to avoid touching your eyes), temples or neck. Repeat an hour later if the pain persists.
  • If the headache is more widespread and diffuse, soak a compress in cold water, then add 2 or 3 drops of peppermint essential oil to it. Lie down in a quiet place and put the compress high on your forehead. Leave it to work for at least 10 minutes.


A traditional medicinal plant, meadowsweet has many virtues, including anti- inflammatory and antispasmodic properties, which make it particularly valuable for those who suffer from headaches. Meadowsweet played its part in the story of the famous aspirin. It was from substances contained in its beautiful white flowers, combined with others present in willow bark, that chemists synthesized the drug at the end of the nineteenth century. It’s no wonder, then, that this plant is a good ally when you’re suffering from a headache.



  • When meadowsweet is used in a poultice, its beneficial constituents act through the skin.
  • Put 5 tablespoons of dried meadowsweet into a bowl, then pour over a little boiling water to cover. Mix well and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Filter to separate the plant material from the concentrated infusion.
  • Soak a compress in the infusion and spread the leaves on top. Carefully place this on your forehead or neck (wherever you feel pain), with the plant material against your skin. Keep it in place for 15–20 minutes, preferably while lying in a dark, quiet place. If the headache persists, repeat up to twice a day.
  • You can also consume meadowsweet in an infusion. Add a level tablespoonful of dried meadowsweet to a large cup of boiling water, then leave to infuse for 8 minutes before filtering. Drink two cups a day.


This point, according to Chinese medicine, is on the meridian, or energy channel, of the large intestine. So, what is its relationship to headaches? The meridian begins at the tip of the index finger and goes up the arm, then from the shoulder and neck to the skull. An energy blockage along this pathway can cause headaches. To relieve the blockage, just massage a specific point. It’s also a useful anti-stress point when the headache is linked to nervous tension.



  • Start by rubbing your palms together, then interlace your fingers as though you’re washing your hands.
  • Once your hands are warmed up, place your left thumb on the fleshy part of your right hand between the thumb and forefinger.
  • Look for the point located at the bottom of the ‘fork’ between thumb and forefinger, next to the joint, and press. This point is usually a little painful.
  • Massage lightly in a clockwise direction, then in the opposite direction.
  • Continue for 2–3 minutes. Do the same with the other hand. Repeat several times a day.

Natural Painkillers

Relieve pain with natural remedies and exercises

From a mild headache to crippling arthritis, pain is part of many people’s everyday experience. But there is a natural alternative to pharmaceutical medicine. 

This book is your indispensable guide to relieving pain the natural way, using a wide variety of methods including breathing and relaxation techniques, diet, yoga, massage, herbal poultices, balms, compresses, teas and rubs. Did you know pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties? And peppermint can relieve a headache? Or that you can alleviate joint pain by massaging specific points on the wrist?

Featuring key insights into understanding pain and why we feel it, plus scientifically proven techniques that can help make it go away, this essential handbook is your painkilling arsenal for combating a whole range of common ailments. 

Out Now! The Ketogenic & Hypotoxic Diet

Out Now! The Ketogenic & Hypotoxic Diet

Out Now! The Ketogenic & Hypotoxic Diet

Lose weight and improve health with this low-carb, high-fat, anti-inflammatory plan

Combining the fat-burning results of ketosis with the anti-inflammatory benefits of a hypotoxic diet, this healthy-eating plan stimulates weight loss, boosts energy and supports the immune system. According to the latest scientific research, it can help combat many common conditions, including migraines, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and more.

This essential guide explains how the diet works and helps you get started, featuring key foods and their benefits, creative recipes, ideas for meal plans and tailored programmes according to dietary requirements and specific goals.



  • Discover the health benefits of key ingredients and how to incorporate them in your diet
  • Includes customized ketogenic plans for vegetarians and vegans
  • Join the ketogenic diet revolution and start transforming your life today!


So what does Hypotoxic mean?

It’s often assumed that the ketogenic diet involves a high consumption of fatty meat and full-fat dairy products, such as butter, cheese and cream. In fact, to be beneficial for our health, a ketogenic diet has to be hypotoxic.

Fatty meat and full-fat dairy are major sources of toxins and are pro-inflammatory, with fats high in arachidonic acid, trans fats (as in pro-oxidant grilled meat), casein (in cheese, for example, which has a detrimental effect on the intestinal lining), leucine and antibiotics. So it’s impossible for these foods to be beneficial for our health.

It’s important therefore to adopt a ketogenic diet that is fundamentally hypotoxic. This aspect of the diet is vital for our health. Say yes to fats – but not to just any kind!

The three main principles of the ketogenic and hypotoxic diet are as follows:

Proteins, carefully chosen
and moderately consumed

All toxins, such as pollutants, heavy metals, antibiotic residues and pesticides, accumulate in animal fats. This is why it’s vital to choose good-quality meat from animals raised organically and fed on grass – not on grains high in pro-inflammatory omega-6s). You can even opt for a vegetarian or vegan diet when following the principles of a hypotoxic ketogenic

Furthermore, animal meats are acidifying, even when the quality is good. They contribute to the acidifying of the body when consumed in excess and without a large helping of green vegetables. They are also a source of pro-inflammatory components, including arachidonic acid, leucine and pro-oxidant iron. Moreover, when cooked to high temperatures (on a grill or barbecue, for instance), animal meats produce carcinogenic substances, as well as ‘glycation end products’, which accelerate ageing and tissue oxidation. For all these reasons, meat should be consumed in moderation. It may even be cut out completely, if you prepare meals instead that are properly balanced in plant proteins – a simple thing to do.

Also, since animal fats accumulate heavy metals, it’s important to opt for small oily fish, such as anchovies or sardines, over large ones, such as tuna and salmon, which, because they have eaten the small ones, are even more concentrated in heavy metals. The heavy metal mercury, for example, is  a powerful neurotoxin found in varying quantities in most fish.

No Dairy Products or Gluten

Cheese, butter, cream and even yogurt contain lactose and galactose, which, when consumed in excess, accumulate in body tissues, in particular in the lens (causing opacification of the lens and risk of cataract) and the nerve sheath (carrying a risk of neuropathy). Another major toxin found in dairy products, even more detrimental to our health, is casein, which disrupts the central nervous system by producing opioid substances and makes the intestinal lining more porous. The consequences of this include concentration problems, mood swings, chronic fatigue, irritable bowels, food intolerance, skin problems, ear, nose and throat problems,  and migraines – not forgetting a weakening and disruption of the immune defences.

Not only that, but dairy products are also pro-inflammatory. They contain hormones and growth promoters, suspected of causing certain cancers and autoimmune diseases (in particular, but not limited to, type 1 diabetes and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis), and inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases.

The ketogenic diet is naturally low in gluten as it excludes grains, pseudo-grains and processed foods (which often contain gluten in the form of additives). Gluten, like casein, acts on the brain receptors with effects similar to opiate drugs, leading to mood swings and an addiction to products containing it. Gluten also belongs to the large group of ‘prolamins’, which constantly attack our intestinal lining. We now understand the importance of keeping this lining healthy due to its crucial role in the development of many diseases.

A mostly organic diet

As stated already, when it comes to meat, it’s best
to choose organic. But this isn’t enough. For obvious health reasons, it’s always preferable to choose plant foods grown in living soil, rich in microorganisms and without added chemicals. In the medium and long terms, and depending on the state of our internal detoxification system, putting chemical and toxic substances into our bodies could have serious consequences on our health and fertility, and impact future generations.

On top of this, organic vegetables are nutritionally much richer in vitamins and minerals and, above all, contain many phytonutrients and powerful anticarcinogens. It’s time to make the right choices for your health and our planet!

The Ketogenic and Hypotoxic Diet:

Lose weight and improve health with this low-carb, high-fat, anti-inflammatory plan

Low in carbohydrates and rich in good fats, the ketogenic diet offers the perfect solution to healthy eating for optimum well-being. But in order to be truly beneficial to our health, it should also be hypotoxic (gluten- and dairy-free, with only moderate amounts of organic animal protein). 
According to the latest scientific research, a hypotoxic ketogenic diet plan can help combat many of the diseases and conditions so prevalent today, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia, and more. It’s also an effective method for combating obesity and improving athletic performance – making it a win-win approach all round! 
This essential guide explains how the diet works and shows you how to get started. Features key foods and their benefits, creative recipes, ideas for meal plans, and tailored programmes for specific goals.

Out Now! 6 Essential Oils You Can’t Do Without

Out Now! 6 Essential Oils You Can’t Do Without

Out Now! 6 Essential Oils You Can’t Do Without

Yes, they are delightfully fragrant, however essential oils also possess hard-working properties that provide effective solutions to help with beauty care, housework, gardening, and – of course – your health. Better still, you don’t need a whole pharmacy cabinet full of them! Six key oils will do it all.



  • The multipurpose powers of six indispensable essential oils: tea tree, lemon, lavender, peppermint, rosemary cineole and damask rose
  • Effective remedies to alleviate common conditions from anxiety and insomnia to high blood pressure and arthritis
  • Pampering treatments including massages, baths, lotions and face masks
  • Miracle solutions for your home and garden, such as how to keep rooms clean and fragrant, despatch cat and dog fleas, banish moths from wardrobes, and eradicate bugs from your plants!


Essential Oil Winter remedies:


We ask them to be on duty 24/7, whether it’s raining, windy, freezing, or a heatwave, without looking after them. It’s no wonder that they are the first to show signs of ageing. It’s not too late to put things right.


In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp powdered French green clay and 10 drops lavender essential oil with a little warm water to make a thick paste. Apply this to the back of the hands once a week, rubbing it in with circular movements. Rinse in clean water.


Mix 10 drops lemon essential oil and 1 tsp macadamia carrier oil. Pour a little of the preparation into the palm of your hand, then warm it by rubbing your hands together.

Using the thumb of one hand, massage the palm of the other, pressing down firmly and working from the centre outwards. Now, take your wrist and massage the back of the hand, working towards the fingertips.

Finish by massaging each finger, one after the other, from the fingertips down to the wrist. Use this massage only at night, as lemon essential oil can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Do this for four minutes.




Apply 2 drops tea tree essential oil four times a day to the nostrils, throat, and chest area for two to three days.
Dilute 2 drops tea tree essential oil in 1⁄2 tsp honey, and let this melt in your mouth.
Do this four times a day for two to three days.


Mix 4 drops tea tree essential oil, 4 drops lemon essential oil, and 2 tsp macadamia carrier oil. Using 10 drops of this mixture, gently massage the neck, chest, and top of the back four times a day, until the symptoms subside.


To avoid any risk of infection or germs spread by bedclothes, prepare this disinfecting solution by mixing 2 ml lemon essential oil with 1 ml rosemary cineole essential oil, and use it as follows. Soak the sheets, pillowcases, and nightclothes in warm water plus 10 drops of the essential oil solution for half an hour. Then launder them in the usual way, but add 4 to 5 drops of the solution to the fabric conditioner compartment. If washing by hand, add only 2 drops of the solution to the last rinse.



One small action can gain you a full night’s sleep. Pour 2 drops lavender essential oil onto each pillow before going to bed.


Mix 200 ml (63⁄4 fl oz) water, 200 ml (63⁄4 fl oz) Isopropyl alcohol 60%, and 30 drops lavender essential oil in a spray bottle. Shake before each use, and spray every morning after airing the room.


Take 2 limes and 3 clementines (organic if possible), and cut each of them in half. Stick 3 cloves in each of the halves. Place them in a pretty dish or in an empty fish bowl, then pour in 10 drops lemon essential oil. Put your pot-pourri close to a heat source, such as a fireplace, radiator, or in sunlight.

6 Essential Oils You Can’t Do Without:

The best aromatherapy oils for health, home and beauty and how to use them

Essential oils possess hard-working properties that provide effective natural solutions to help with beauty care, housework, gardening, and – of course – our health. Better still, you don’t even need a whole pharmacy cabinet full of them! Just six key oils will cover all your needs. 

This book presents the six oils you can’t do without – tea tree, lemon, lavender, peppermint, rosemary cineole and damask rose – and reveals their multi-purpose powers. Discover effective remedies to alleviate common conditions from anxiety and insomnia to high blood pressure and arthritis, plus pamper treatments including massages, baths, lotions and face masks. 
There are also magic formulas and miracle solutions for keeping rooms clean and fragrant, banishing dog and cat fleas, ensuring your plants stay bug-free – and a whole host more! 

Out Now! The Mood Book– explore moods and emotions

Out Now! The Mood Book– explore moods and emotions

Out Now! – The Mood Book

Following on from the bestselling Mood Cards, psychotherapist Andrea Harrn releases her latest title, The Mood Book.

The Mood Book is for people who are interested in learning more about how and why they feel the way they do.  It explores the highs and lows, the complexities and intensities, as well as the joyous pleasures and successes of 21st century life.  The book offers an accessible way to help understand yourself, and to challenge your thinking so you can move forward in a positive way.

Counsellor Andrea Harrn sits down with Neil del Strother in today’s podcast to discuss her latest release, The Mood Book. They discuss the importance of talking about, and accepting, our problems and emotions. They also discuss the question of how a mood or emotion, such as addiction, can be defined.

Exploring three moods and emotions on Valentine’s day


There are two types of loneliness: social and emotional. These days, cities become transient bases and we don’t always have time to get to know those around us. Emotional loneliness occurs when people feel alone with their concerns, which can happen even within a family or social group. The problem arises when people feel both social and emotional loneliness, which can lead to mental health issues such as stress or depression. Major life changes can also contribute to feeling isolated, such as having a baby, becoming a carer or retiring. A bereavement or break-up – where life has changed drastically, perhaps through no fault of our own – can leave us feeling lost in our thoughts and feelings. Friends and family may try to support you, but when they leave it’s just you, with only your loneliness for company.

Support & guidance

There are things we can all do to help ourselves feel less isolated. We’re all part of a wider network of humanity, not alone in this world – although it may feel that way. If you’re expecting others to lift you out of your loneliness, you may be waiting a long time. It’s really down to you. Try to do more, take time for conversations – even with passing strangers. Give people in your life a chance to connect with you on an emotional level. If you struggle to socialize, come out of your comfort zone, join a group or start a new hobby to stimulate your mind and re-energize yourself. Say yes to invites. Remember: wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness and connection, and, although it may be hard to walk alone, every step you take may be the start of a new friendship.

How would you like your life to be?
What can you do to help yourself feel more connected?

Feeling alone, without anyone special, friends or company; feeling disconnected from others and from life itself; not having anyone to share your day, week or plans with. You can be in a big crowd and still feel alone.

Signs & symptoms

Feeling sad, confused, self-critical, isolated, needy, anxious.


A feeling of intense dislike towards someone or something.

Signs & symptoms

Revolted, disgusted, angry, displeased, hesitant, hostile.


Hate can be triggered internally (not getting your own way) or externally (the behaviour of others). It can grow from anger and hurt or painful acts by others, whether emotional, physical or sexual. Or perhaps you hate someone who has bullied you over a period of time. This kind of hatred leads to resentment, demotivation and thoughts of revenge; it has energy and strength, but never brings happiness. Then there is the blind hatred connected to difference, racism, religion, sexual orientation, extremism, misogyny; small-minded, insidious and dangerous, it can influence others and preys on vulnerable minds. There is a thin line between love and hate, and in relationships hate is part of the separation process.

Support & guidance When hatred is held deep within, it’s toxic and damaging to the soul. It’s a form of self-harm and actually gives power to the target of your hate. Do you see them as being more important than you? Does their behaviour count more than your reaction? If you have ever felt hated yourself, what did you do to deserve it? It’s human nature to seek love, nurturing and respect; to feel valued and appreciated for who you are. It’s not what happens to us in life that creates problems, but our beliefs surrounding those experiences. Check your negative thinking. Look for evidence to prove or disprove your theories. Become an observer rather than a participant. Most importantly, free yourself from your hateful thoughts and allow that energy to dissipate, making room for love, compassion and understanding. When you hate someone, they don’t feel your pain – you do!

Does hatred have a space in your life?
How does it affect you?
What needs to happen for you to let go?


We feel emotionally hurt when we’re let down by others. This may be to do with expec– tations we have on people to treat us as we would them, and this hasn’t happened. This might be over something seemingly minor, like not being listened to, valued or appreciated, but when it happens continuously, we begin to lose confidence in ourselves and self-doubt can set in. It’s important to be honest about our thoughts and feelings, but if you don’t feel heard, this is damaging to the soul. A betrayal of trust or abuse will leave deep scars within, causing confusion and leading to stress and depression. Holding feelings in exacerbates the problem, and it then becomes harder to make decisions, communicate effectively and ensure our needs are met. Feeling hurt takes energy that could be used for other things.

Support & guidance It’s crucial to be aware of the hurt inside yourself and understand that you have control over your life and whether you allow yourself to be hurt again. It’s hard to make change, walk away and move on, yet to allow yourself to continually be hurt is a form of self-harm. No one has to suffer at the hands of another. We all have the right to take care of ourselves, and must do so. Acknowledge the reasons for your hurt and try to talk them through with someone you trust. Think about lowering your expectations of others to avoid disappointment, or learn to be more assertive in speaking your mind. An argument or disagreement can enable both parties to air their feelings and then move on, without holding onto hurt. Hurting makes you human and can guide you for the future.

What has been your most painful hurt?
How did you move on?

Being injured, wounded or damaged; feeling weakened or undermined.

Signs & symptoms

Feeling deeply disappointed, let down, scarred, broken, rocked and insecure.

The Mood Book

Identify and Explore 100 Moods and Emotions

Learn to recognize your moods and emotions, identify triggers and overcome any obstacles that may be affecting your personal life with this accessible in-depth book on over 100 feelings, states of mind and mood disorders. With clear, straightforward advice on identifying signs and symptoms, how particular moods and emotions manifest, their underlying causes, and support and guidance on how to deal with them, you can increase your self-awareness and confidence. Choose a mood to explore at random, or check the A-Z listing if you want to address a specific emotion. Includes real-life case studies that explore specific problems and solutions. 

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Healing Crystals for Women: Must-have crystals and their benefits for every stage of life

Healing Crystals for Women: Must-have crystals and their benefits for every stage of life

Welcome to the
world of crystals

When you enter the crystal universe you discover a fascinating new world that brings joy and personal fulfilment. As female practitioners of lithotherapy, or crystal healing, we felt it was important to write a book for women who love crystals and want to work with them. These stones have a gentle power that can be used in myriad everyday ways to enhance femininity and well-being throughout the four stages of life – childhood, adolescence, adult life and motherhood, and later life. Using and handling these stones encourages happy emotions, and their effects can also boost intuition and enhance personal development.

As a general rule, several healing crystals are recommended and it is exciting to try them one by one or together to discover which work best with which season, with which state of mind or to achieve the healing effect desired. There are also crystals that are best held in the hand to enrich meditation or contemplation.

– Catherine Mayet & Nathaëlh Remy

Healing Crystals:

5 Questions & Answers

1. What is a healing crystal? 

A therapeutic or healing crystal is a mineral which, depending on its properties, produces a beneficial effect. The healing qualities of the crystals featured here have been recognized since ancient times and acknowledged by certain visionaries such as, in the Middle Ages, the German Saint Hildegard of Bingen. Since then, their properties have been further studied and evaluated as professional lithotherapists have recorded their own experiences and reactions. The beneficial effects of crystals can be emotional, invigorating or spiritual, which is why crystals are described as ‘therapeutic’. In the event of illness, healing crystals can be a helpful addition to conventional medical treatment but should not be used as a substitute.

2. How do they transmit their powers?

There are several different hypotheses. Everything that exists on Earth, such as sound, light or colour, vibrates to a particular wavelength. Crystals resonate as a result of their colour, structure, the trace elements present during the original crystallization process, and the sum of their experiences since their formation. Crystals are also composed of minerals that humans need to replenish the body’s mineral content. It is believed that a subtle transmission of power from the crystals will redress any mineral deficiencies in the body. The process occurs via skin contact with the crystal and also across electromagnetic fields. The vibrational resonance between a crystal and an individual facilitates imperceptible exchanges of information.

Meeting clients in the mineral store where we worked taught us some interesting and surprising things. For instance, we noticed that children aged under seven often experienced the power of crystals quite naturally. Some highly sensitive and receptive people retain that ability to communicate with the mineral world as they get older. However, most people say they feel nothing, most probably because they are not sufficiently capable of listening to their bodies. Wanting and deciding to hone this sense makes individuals aware of their own responsiveness, developing their capacity to communicate with crystals. It also helps people become less judgemental towards themselves and towards those who lack this responsiveness. In this way emotional or energy imbalances can be resolved. This is why we generally suggest using crystals directly on your skin to enhance and feel their effects, and to encourage the transfer of their mineral power.

3. What different types of crystal are there?

Crystals are chosen for their beauty and their rarity value. Usually, they are carefully removed from rock and never suffer any kind of mishandling (other stones may be extracted using dynamite). Their weight can vary from tens of grammes to hundreds of kilos for Amethysts or huge blocks of Rock Crystal. They can be admired in museum displays, at mineral fairs and in stores that sell minerals or gems for export. The largest mineral fair in the world is the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase that takes place annually in winter at more than 40 venues in Tucson, Arizona.

Mineral specialists from throughout the world can be found there. In France, the Mineral and Gem International Show is held each June in a pretty Alsace village called Sainte Marie-aux-Mines.

Semi-precious or precious stones, such as Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires or Emeralds, are sold in jewellery shops. These gems are highly prized for their beauty, rarity, purity and quality. They will be cut and ground into forms that can be used in jewellery. Their weight is minuscule and is measured in carats (1 carat = 200 mg or 0.2 g). Set decoratively in jewellery as conspicuous symbols of power or wealth, these stones are offered as tokens of love and fidelity on occasions such as an engagement or wedding. However, semi-precious stones such as Amethyst,
Turquoise, Jade, Rose Quartz and Moonstone are being used increasingly in jewellery workshops.

4. How should I choose a crystal?

Whether it is a spontaneous purchase or chosen for health reasons, you should let your heart guide you. A crystal must resonate with its user, as this creates a special bond. You have to follow your instincts and buy a crystal that pleases you. The amount of enjoyment and wonder people get from a crystal will vary according to each individual’s personality.

5. How should I use a crystal?

You can hold the crystal in your hand – during a walk, for instance – or attach it to yourself with special sticky tape (available from pharmacies) that doesn’t irritate the skin. You can also put it in your pocket or in your bra. Contemplation or simple meditation will help you to get in touch and commune with the crystal. For some people, this can be a very rich and surprising journey of self-discovery. Focusing on the crystal, you can experience it and absorb its light, colour and form.

If you forget to take it with you, you can visualize it or conjure it up in your imagination. Scientific studies now show that in this context the brain does not differentiate between imagination and reality.

At night, the mind is at rest but the body gets the chance to cleanse and regenerate itself. This is a good time to use a crystal, particularly over the long term. Whether you’re doing this for yourself or a child, it’s a good idea to place the crystal under the pillow or in the pillowcase so that it can have a subtle effect on the mind.

Healing Crystals:

For every stage of life

For Babies

Sleep problems

Night terrors and nightmares


An infant can suffer significant fears and anxieties at bedtime. A large piece of raw Rose Quartz placed under the child’s bed at head level will encourage peaceful sleep and will drive away night terrors. Green Aventurine relieves sadness, while Blue Chalcedony calms tearfulness. Imperial Topaz brings joy and comfort. Each of these crystals should be worn next to the skin on a necklace or pendant or secured under a stomach band. Lapis Lazuli gets rid of nightmares and should be slipped beneath the bedsheet of a baby, as should Turquoise, which combats sleep disturbances in young babies.

For Teenagers


When teenagers become ‘hooked’


Some young girls – those who are emotionally fragile or unsure of themselves – may have a tendency to copy other people. They follow the crowd or, to try and look more grown-up, may drink alcohol or smoke, or may compensate by overeating. Others escape reality by shutting themselves off in the virtual world of video games, where they can lead their lives at one remove from reality. In such cases, Amethyst can help the withdrawal process and Lapis Lazuli will calm extreme urges. Black Tourmaline further protects against electromagnetic radiation, provided it is regularly cleaned and recharged.

At Work

Organization & Burnout

Stop feeling overloaded

Black Tourmaline could successfully organize the work of a government minister – and even prioritize the tasks! Don’t forget it. This crystal is ideal for rediscovering your sensitivity and responsiveness, as it balances the dark ‘yin’ principle. It can be slipped into a pocket, worn close to the heart or put under a pillow. Red Garnet energizes and maximizes the little strength remaining at the end of marathon days. It can be used in the same way as Black Tourmaline. Turquoise develops the organizing abilities that every woman has. Keep it with you day and night in any form you like. Invigorating Imperial Topaz will help you to confront everyday stress; it is best worn on a bracelet. In our daily routine, the unexpected can seem like a wild beast that has to be tamed. When faced with unforeseeable events and the emotional tension they bring, consider Rose Quartz, which will help you keep an open heart and mind. It will stop you from sinking into bitterness or anger. Rhodochrosite has much the same effect. It will give you an energy boost if you are tired. These crystals should preferably be worn next to the skin on a necklace, pendant or in donut form.

Black Obsidian brings a sense of where the happy medium lies. This idea draws on the notion of yin and yang, which corresponds with the duality of everything: for instance, the white and the black, and yang activity and yin repose. The two sides are constantly changing. The priority is to avoid excess and maintain balance. Black Obsidian reorients us. Beware of burnout – literally burning up energy until it is exhausted. It is essential to be able to draw a line, even though it is true that life sometimes overloads us with responsibilities that have to be taken on whatever the cost.

Falling in Love

Break-up (your choice)

A time for self-reflection

You have to take your courage in both hands to make the break. But then a new companion
– guilt – appears! Making a fresh start is never easy. 
Red Jasper will help you to remain objective about the decision you have taken. If the situation has reached this point, it is because the relationship was no longer working. Lapis Lazuli helps you breathe when you’re overcome by the spiral of events. Chrysoprase allows you to keep your objectives in mind so you can move on without looking back. Black Tourmaline relieves any guilt by lifting your mood. Rose Quartz calms the emotional stress caused by a stream of memories. Morganite brings peace of mind when break-ups mark the end of a difficult relationship. Turquoise will guide you on a new path and can renew anyone’s optimism. Lastly, Imperial Topaz will shed light on what the future without your partner looks like.


Mood swings and anger

Blame the hormones

Orange Moonstone controls levels of oestrogen and progesterone. Amethyst lifts low morale caused by reduced hormone production and helps you to stay in control. To halt mounting anger, try Chrysoprase. Lilac Lepidolite puts you in a good mood and promotes harmony. Rhodochrosite helps settle disputes. Blue Chalcedony relieves frustration. Each one can be worn on a necklace, pendant, bracelet or in donut form, or slipped into a pocket. Use them together, too, as you wish.



All sorts of fears

The school of life never ends. Having to abandon your usual way of doing things and move on and start learning again is not easy. Mastering new skills such as managing crutches or a frame, or finding your way around new places such as a care home is even harder. Tiger’s Eye helps you to take the plunge and decide to make the change. Carry it in your pocket or wear it on a necklace, bracelet or in donut form. To embrace new things despite a quite understandable fear of change, Red Jasper is recommended. This crystal will give you the strength you need. Wearing Rhodochrosite will fill you with love that lasts and keeps you positive. To free yourself from recurring or periodically negative emotions, choose Morganite and wear it in your bra.  

The most effective crystal for deep-seated fears is Black Obsidian. Have it with you at night in its raw form or on a necklace or in donut shape. It can be combined with a bracelet or pendant of Rhodochrosite, whose gentleness will fill your heart with tenderness and give you the confidence you lack. You could also hold a ball-shaped piece of Rose Quartz and keep it with you for as long as necessary. It is a good idea to combine Black Obsidian with Black Tourmaline; using the two crystals together will restore balance where it is needed. Wear them on a pendant, necklace or bracelet.

Fear of death is understandable and reasonable. ‘Death is a new sun’, said the Swiss- American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who was a specialist in support for the dying and a renowned author. Certain crystals, such as Citrine, are specifically recommended to encourage a new state of awareness and to relieve this natural and universal fear.

This article has been extracted from new book Healing Crystals for Women by Eddison Books

Healing Crystals
for Women

Must-have crystals and their benefits for every stage of life

Catherine Mayet & Nathaëlh Remy

Temper tantrums, teenage tiredness, infertility, anxiety during pregnancy, hot flushes … Each new milestone in life brings its own challenges – and crystals can offer a helping hand to see us through. This practical guide presents the 20 essential therapeutic crystals every woman needs – plus 10 ‘bonus’ crystals to extend the range of healing possibilities – with clear advice on their beneficial properties, crystal selection and care, and how to use them for maximum effect. Each crystal carries its own energy, which can be used to rebalance emotions and soothe body, mind and spirit.

Whether laid on the skin, worn as jewellery, used in meditation or simply placed close by, these miraculous gemstones can bring untold benefits to transform your life every step of the way.

Publication date: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 978-1-85906-423-8
Price: £13.99

(PS – You can use the ISBN to
order from ANY bookshop!)






Catherine Mayet is a qualified graphologist, bioenergetician and geobiologist. She currently practices as a lithotherapist (crystal healer), privately and in workshops. She is also a practitioner of Tipi (Technique for the sensory identification of unconscious fears).

Nathaëlh Remy is a lithotherapist who is also trained in Ayurvedic and Shantala massage, therapeutic treatments based on elixirs, Reiki and numerology. Crystals are, for her, an essential gateway into the spiritual world and personal development.

Publication date: 1st November 2018
ISBN: 978-1-85906-423-8
Price: £13.99

(PS – You can use the ISBN to order from ANY bookshop!)


Catherine Mayet is a qualified graphologist, bioenergetician and geobiologist. She currently practices as a lithotherapist (crystal healer), privately and in workshops. She is also a practitioner of Tipi (Technique for the sensory identification of unconscious fears).

Nathaëlh Remy is a lithotherapist who is also trained in Ayurvedic and Shantala massage, therapeutic treatments based on elixirs, Reiki and numerology. Crystals are, for her, an essential gateway into the spiritual world and personal development.