"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."
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this is actually very encouraging

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  • Crystals have certain meaning associated with them, for a quick answer to a question put these crystals into a bag and pick one. If two or three fall into your hand at the same time, read the meanings from them all. (the Crystal Bible - Judy Hall)
  • Amethyst: A life change and shift in consciousness. Faithfulness in love, freedom from jealousy.
  • Agate: Worldly success or a pleasant surprise. Good health, wealth and log life. Particularly lucky for people connected with the land.
  • Blue Lace Agate: Healing is needed.
  • Black Agate: Needs and will find courage and prosperity.
  • Red Agate: Health and longevity are yours.
  • Bloodstone: Unpleasant surprise, unlikely to be illness.
  • Red Jasper: Pay attention to earthly affairs.
  • Aventurine: Future growth and expansion are possible.
  • Garnet: A letter is on it's way.
  • Citrine: Celestial wisdom is advising you.
  • Diamond (or clear quartz): Permanence. Business advancement. If the crystal loses it's sparkle, betrayal.
  • Emerald: Fertility or a secret admirer. If colour pales, love is fading.
  • Hematite: New opportunities await.
  • Jade: Needs and will find immortality and perfection.
  • Lapis Lazuli: Divine favor is yours.
  • Quartz: Be sure to clarify issues you asked about and those that arise.
  • Rose Quartz: Love and self healing are needed and will come.
  • Snow Quartz: Profound changes are coming.
  • Ruby: Power and passion, good fortune and friendship but beware of strangers.
  • Sapphire: Truth and chastity and the past will catch up with you.
  • Snowflake Obsidian: End of challenging time.
  • Tiger's Eye: All is not as it appears to be.
  • Unakite: Compromise and integration.
  • Opal: Death or endings. If the crystal loses its brilliance, an unfaithful lover.
  • Sardonyx: A wedding may be in the offing.
  • Topaz: Exercise caution.
  • Turquoise: A journey is imminent.

Although there is no dogmatic formula for simpler living, there is a general pattern of behaviors and attitudes that is often associated with this approach to living. Those choosing a simpler life:

  • Tend to invest the time and energy freed up by simpler living in activities with their partner, children, and friends (walking, making music together, sharing a meal, camping, etc.), or volunteering to help others, or getting involved in civic affairs to improve the life of the community.

  • Tend to work on developing the full spectrum of their potentials: physical (running, biking, hiking, etc.), emotional (learning the skills of intimacy and sharing feelings in important relationships), mental (engaging in lifelong learning by reading, taking classes, etc.), and spiritual (learning to move through life with a quiet mind and compassionate heart).

  • Tend to feel an intimate connection with the earth and a reverential concern for nature. In knowing that the ecology of the earth is a part of our extended ‘body’, people tend to act in ways that express great care for its well-being.

  • Tend to feel a compassionate concern for the world’s poor; a simpler life fosters a sense of kinship with people around the world and thus a concern for social justice and equity in the use of the world’s resources.

  • Tend to lower their overall level of personal consumption - buy less clothing (with more attention to what is functional, durable, aesthetic, and less concern with passing fads, fashions, and seasonal styles), buy less jewelry and other forms of personal ornamentation, buy fewer cosmetic products and observe holidays in a less commercialized manner.

  • Tend to alter their patterns of consumption in favor of products that are durable, easy to repair, nonpolluting in their manufacture and use, energy-efficient, functional, and aesthetic.

  • Tend to shift their diet away from highly processed foods, meat, and sugar towards foods that are more natural, healthy, simple, and appropriate for sustaining the inhabitants of a small planet.

  • Tend to reduce undue clutter and complexity in their personal lives by giving away or selling those possessions that are seldom used and could be used productively by others (clothing, books, furniture, appliances, tools, etc.).

  • Tend to use their consumption politically by boycotting goods and services of companies whose actions or policies they consider unethical.

  • Tend to recycle metal, glass, and paper and to cut back on consumption of items that are wasteful of nonrenewable resources.

  • Tend to pursue a livelihood that directly contributes to the well-being of the world and enables a person to use more fully his or her creative capacities in ways that are fulfilling.

  • Tend to develop personal skills that contribute to greater self-reliance and reduce dependence upon experts to handle life’s ordinary demands (for example, basic carpentry, plumbing, appliance repair, gardening, crafts, etc.).

  • Tend to prefer smaller-scale, more human-sized living and working environments that foster a sense of community, face-to-face contact, and mutual caring.

  • Tend to alter male-female roles in favor of non-sexist patterns of relationship.

  • Tend to appreciate the simplicity of nonverbal forms of communication - the eloquence of silence, hugging and touching, the language of the eyes.

  • Tend to participate in holistic health-care practices that emphasize preventive medicine and the healing powers of the body when assisted by the mind.

  • Tend to involve themselves with compassionate causes, such as protecting rain forests and saving animals from extinction, and tend to use nonviolent means in their efforts.

  • Tend to change transportation modes in favor of public transit, car pooling, smaller and more fuel-efficient autos, living closer to work, riding a bike, and walking.

- Duane Elgin

"To live more simply is to live more purposefully and with a minimum of needless distraction. The particular expression of simplicity is a personal matter. We each know where our lives are unnecessarily complicated. We are all painfully aware of the clutter and pretense that weigh upon us and make our passage through the world more cumbersome and awkward. To live more simply is to unburden ourselves – to live more lightly, cleanly, aerodynamically. It is to establish a more direct, unpretentious, and unencumbered relationship with all aspects of our lives: the things that we consume, the work that we do, our relationship with others, our connections with nature and the cosmos, and more. Simplicity of living means meeting life face-to-face. It means confronting life clearly, without unnecessary distractions. It means being direct and honest in relationships of all kinds. It means taking life as it is – straight and unadulterated."
- Duane Elgin
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