➤ Written By Liz Oakes
Hello and welcome to my about Liz page, where I endeavor to share a little about who I am and why I started this web-site.
It's now in its fifteenth year on the web!
I am passionate about crystals and also about natural healing and I am the founder, writer or content creator, chief editor and all round solver of issues that come up on this site!
I first started using "healing crystals" around thirty years ago and now have a large and diverse collection of crystals.
As soon as I read about one I have not seen before, I look around for it and see if I can acquire one.
I attended my first gem show when my children were quite young and was introduced to "crystals and gemstones".
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I have had an interest in rocks since I was in my late teens and I met my first husband, and went home to meet his grandparents with whom he lived.
His Pa was a rock hound as we call them now, and he would go out into the bush and collect rocks and bring them home and tumble them in his shed.
But he had many large chunks of untumbled rocks as well. He didn't have an interest in their healing attributes, but he loved them for their beauty, and many of the stones he had were very attractive.
Pa had bowls and bowls of beautiful tumbled stones, so he soon got me hooked and was happy to give me pieces that attracted me. So I soon started a bit of rock collection at my place.
Compared to the size of todays families the size of my family was quite large.
I was the youngest of a large family, so I grew up in a house full of people talking about anything and everything.
My father thought that television wasn't good for children to watch, so he wouldn't have one in the house. So instead we all were voracious readers.
From an early age there was always a big sister who would read me a book. My big sisters were like extra mothers to me, so I grew up knowing I was loved.
When I was just six years old, one of my older sisters married a chiropractor.
He was a man that had a wide range of interests, so from an early age I learned about natural healing.
While using crystals for healing came later, the idea that the body could heal without the use of drugs was introduced to me at an early age.
I am enthusiastic about using any natural methods to improve your health, and this includes using both crystals and natural healing methods to make a difference in your life.
I am a believer in eating organic food where possible, and while I buy organic food when I can, in addition I also grow my own as well.
Every morning I go out into my garden to pick greens and other vegetables I have growing.
My garden is my other passion and although I live on a suburban block I have an organic vegetable patch and a number of fruit trees.
Walking on the earth in bare feet is also an excellent way to ground yourself, and is powerful to help you to be healthier.
If you want to use your passion for crystals to heal yourself or to develop new gifts then this site is for you.
I endeavor to give you tips and ideas to help with this on every page I write.
Using crystals in your daily life is extremely valuable, and my website is aimed towards helping as many people as possible learn more about how crystals can be used every day to improve your life.
It has been and is still wonderful to be able to be the conduit to aid others to heal, and I am grateful for the healing that I also receive from Spirit while doing crystal healing.
It is my intention to mainly discuss crystals that I have a personal experience of using, and I have an enormous crystal collection that I use regularly. I probably have far too many! LOL
Although I do have healing qualifications I feel my passion for crystals is by far my most important credential. The topics I cover on this website are, as far as possible, based on my own personal experiences.
All of the articles on this site are written by me, but I have to add a caveat in here, as I have a section on this site where you can Share Your Crystal Story with everyone that comes to this site.
This is where you the reader can write your own page, and these pages are of course not written by me!
My first healing crystal came from a local gem show, and was the green heart shaped Malachite pendant shown on my page on Malachite.
Little did I know what the result of that would be! Since then I have been adding to my collection of crystal jewelry on a regular basis.
My experience using crystals, both in my personal life and in my healing, has made me aware of their power and efficacy.
The beautiful Dow Smokey Quartz shown below was a crystal formation I had been looking for, and it actually called to me to come and get it.
I woke up one morning and its image was in my mind, and it made me aware that it was waiting for me and told me where to go to get it. A very interesting experience!
The amazing power of coincidence, serendipity and synchronicity does actually work, but often other aspects come into play to boost its effectiveness.
There are so many ways you can receive information, including having your guides communicate information to you, or the strong power of intention, along with the Laws of Attraction in action.
I was happy that whatever the reason, I was made aware of where to go to get it.
That day I was able to not only get this lovely Temple Heart Dow, but I also found quite a few other quartz configurations that I wanted to add to my collection.
I often find that the way that coincidence works in my life creates the circumstances and the knowledge of which crystals I need for my personal healing.
Then by having a predominant mental attitude of confident expectation, they come to me.
My other passion is to discover all I can about how to use the amazing power of the mind. I recognize the importance of reading personal development books and books about healing.
I have a strong interest in books that aid you to take action to make a difference in your own life, like the wonderful Abraham Hicks book "Ask and It Is Given".
Have you ever wanted to start your own website but were not sure how or where to start? If you had told me a few years ago that I would have a highly successful web-site I wouldn't have believed you.
In case you didn't know I am Australian, and actually I believe that Aussies are not that different to those who live in other English speaking countries, other than our slightly different accent!
Before starting my website, for many years my working background was in the corporate world, working in various accounts roles, until I decided it was time for something new.
In 2006 I started to work as a realtor or real estate agent as it is known here in Australia. I obtained my real estate certificate first, then my real estate license and began working in real estate sales which meant I spent a lot of time speaking with the public.
I began to see more and more that there are a lot of people in the world who need help, but who will not approach anyone for this help.
At that time I also noticed that a great many people who rang us found us on the internet, so I wondered about building a web-site.
I didn't have any idea about how to begin building a web-site, until one day the Law of Attraction brought the answer.
I had a great desire to start a web-site, so that I could both share my passion for healing with crystals as well as make an income by doing something I really loved doing.
One day while googling in 2009 my hubby saw information about SBI which started me moving in the right direction.
So I decided to start this web-site through SBI also known as Site Build It, about using healing crystals.
I am happy to work every day doing something I love, while also being able to help people to get the information they need more easily by using my website.
Its also been beneficial for me to be able to work from home where I could control my environment, as I have both allergies and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS, which is an intense sensitivity to chemicals (atmospheric pollutants) and recently I have also developed EHS (see below).
Many people with MCS may also become sensitive to electronics and mobile phones, and this condition is known as electrical hypersensitivity (EHS) also called Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity.
It is possible to use crystals to aid these conditions, though of course avoidance is the most important way that you can help yourself if you have either EHS or MCS.
Check out my page here on EMF Protection Crystals if you need more information on how crystals can help you if you have EHS. And you can read the symptoms of electrical hypersensitivity as well.
My move to a more spiritual approach to life started when a friend introduced me to a course on meditation. I bought a guided meditation course and began to meditate regularly.
I found that it improved my life immensely, and I particularly noticed that my spiritual development moved forward from this daily practice.
I regularly made contact with Spirit and my guides, and around this time I started to buy a large number of crystals so that I could use them every day as part of my daily meditation with crystals.
The first training that I did in any type of healing was learning to do Reiki. I was looking for the next step in my life and asked my guides during meditation what I should be doing.
The word Reiki came clearly though to me, clairaudiently. I had never heard about Reiki before so I went to the library to do some research and was led to an ad in a magazine for a Reiki course.
It was about nineteen years ago when I discovered Reiki, and over time I did three different levels. Reiki is a wonderful system for self transformation, and expansion of consciousness.
This is a gentle healing modality, that channels pure Universal Life Force Energy through the hands. At each level the amount of energy is expanded, and the vibration of the practitioner is increased.
This was the start of my interest in healing, and over the years I have attended training in quite a few different healing modalities, as learning about healing methods is one of my passions.
One of the healing courses I first trained in was Transference Healing® where I trained in all levels of the modality including doing the teacher training.
Using this modality to aid the healing of others started my interest in metaphysical healing. I also started to learn more about using crystals and crystal remedies to aid healing.
While I was happy to do healing and to teach others on a one to one basis, it was at this time that I started my website, so I could share what I had learned with others, and reach people more easily.
In 2013, around four years after my website was up and running I decided it was time to do more training and this time I decided to do a course on using crystals for healing.
I trained with Simone Matthews from Universal Life Tools, first doing her "Essence of Angels course" then later I attended Crystal Light Healing® through to teacher level.
While I enjoyed doing these courses and learned some new and different ways to use crystals for healing, I was still aware that the way to reach the greatest number of people was through my website.
Along the way, I have been helped by many people, so to all those people who have helped me over the years, I wish to thank you for your advice, assistance and support during this time.
I was recently asked: Do you believe in the healing properties of crystals?
My personal experience of using them has made a major difference in my life, both Spiritually and emotionally as well helping physical healing.
I genuinely believe that the healing properties of crystals and stones are real, as a great many have powerful Spiritual healing properties that will help your spiritual growth.
My personal experience with using them to meditate with makes me aware of the effectiveness of meditation.
This is why I generally talk about the using crystals or stones to meditate with.
Someone asked me recently where the crystal meanings and metaphysical properties on my site come from?
I will start by saying that of course I have a lot of crystal books, and before I ever had this website I read a lot about crystals and still do.
I truly appreciate all the work put into the many books on crystals. Sadly many of the authors have passed away. I am thankful for their work.
Maybe something different about my site compared to other sites, is that every crystal I write about I have actually used myself.
So by using them I learn if the metaphysical properties that are written about in books are genuine.
Many crystals and stones have been in use for hundreds of years, so their healing properties have been passed down and this information is generally authentic and verifiable by the user.
If a writer says something that I am unsure of because it was not my experience, where possible I still include the information, but I say that it may help you in this way or that.
This way you get to understand all possibilities that using a crystal or stone may bring into your life.
You'll see lots of photos on my site and almost all photos are of crystals I own or did own at the time, as I have sold a few and given away many in the last 14 years.
So be aware that I don't need to buy photos from photo sites which other sites do. In fact I am wary of meanings from sites that do this as it makes me wonder if they have used them.
Occasionally, but rarely, I see a picture taken by someone that is better than what I own so I use it in addition to my own photos. You'll see I always put who owns it under the photo so there is no confusion.
To prevent my photos being stolen I watermark them, in case you were wondering why all my images have my site name on them.
This is because people steal the photos. So if you see a site with my photos on, (with my watermark on) you'll know they are stolen from me as I do not allow anyone to use my watermarked photos.
I am grateful that I can work with crystals on a daily basis and I am still excited when I get a new crystal I have not seen before!
Writing about crystals is a pleasure but having a website involves quite a bit more than writing.
Since I began this site in 2009 I have learned a lot about the web and I now know enough to fix many site issues that come up.
But it is reassuring that there are a number of excellent web experts at SBI, and a very helpful group of other webmasters on the SBI forums who are always happy to give advice when its needed.
I am extremely happy that I am able to share my passion for crystals on this web-site. My website is a work in progress and I am adding information to my site regularly.
So check back to see what's new, or if its easier 'like' me at Facebook or join my newsletter by using the banner that comes across the screen, to keep abreast of what is happening.
It is my desire that by sharing my knowledge of healing and information about healing crystals and how to use them, that I am able to assist you to make a difference in your life.
If you have found that you like what you have seen here, and that it has benefited you, please support my site in whatever way you are able.
My desire is that by using and wearing crystals, you may be blessed by the experience as much as I have been.
With much love, blessings
I was recently asked about what the names of the crystals in the above grid were. This image was taken quite a while ago, and I am not sure about all of the crystals that are shown in the image.
But many of them were easy to identify if this interests you.
The sphere in the middle is Golden Calcite and there are pieces of quartz around the sphere to boost the overall energy. Two pieces of the quartz are Golden Amphibole Quartz.
The stones at the front from left to right are Apophyllite with Stilbite, Stellerite in the middle with Sphalerite with Dog Tooth Calcite in front of it
At the end on the right is a large whitish Stilbite with a piece of Citrine in front of this Stilbite towards the center.
On the left hand side are two square pieces of Himalayan Gold Quartz, one dark yellow and one pale yellow, and on the right opposite the quartz is a piece of Orange Calcite.
There are also some smaller yellow crystals which might be Citrine or Calcite, but I am not totally sure as the photo was taken in 2010.
The two large crystals at the back are Yellow Stellar Beam Calcite on the left with Rainbow Banded Calcite also known as Inca or Aztec Calcite on the right at the back.
In the center back is a piece of Sphalerite with Dog Tooth Calcite on top with my gorgeous Starseed lemurian Quartz just behind it. I used it to activate grids as it has a powerful energy that aids you to set your intention.
I trust you enjoy learning about the crystals shown in the above image. To learn more about them go to A to Z of Crystals Minerals & Stones Page and search by their name.
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Note: When you use the vibration of crystals to help and support your healing remember that crystals are part of an holistic approach to your health.
Metaphysical healing uses universal energy so does not stand alone and can be used with any other type of healing.
Using the energy of crystals for healing yourself is about finding a way to enhance conventional medicine not replace it. So always seek out medical treatment for any worrying health issue.
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