Never have I felt so misunderstood than the time I tried to explain where the pain was in my lower back. “It's not the sacrum or the coccyx, it’s like it’s behind it or something,” I told my partner at the time. I'm quite familiar with the body as I did spend my undergraduate years studying Biology and Neuroscience (can’t leave out American Sign Language and African Studies). I'm sure that's why it drove me even crazier to not understand what my body was going through. Trying to get to the Root of the issue I stopped doing dead lifts- I was definitely trying to get my summer body right, I started yoga, and even went to the chiropractor for several times each week. Everything I tried felt great and worked wonders for my entire spine EXCEPT at this mythological location that apparently only existed in my mind! It was at this time that I was re-discovering the holistic naturopath within me (which was lost due to societal distractions several years before that point). One night it struck me that my pain had to be deeper than the physical and I began to look for the spiritual meanings behind back pain. Lo and behold I found my answer with a quick google search. I stumbled across an article that talked about our bodies main energy centers- The Chakras. It explained how our first chakra, the Root Chakra (also called the Base Chakra), is related to the physical realm and is responsible for us feeling safe and secure, or grounded. Blockage here is caused by fear; in today’s society that typically relates to money as we think we need it to survive.
The first physical manifestation of blockage here was listed as LOWER BACK PAIN!
I started to examine the things that were going around me when I first noticed the pain up until the moment I was reading the article. It all started somewhere around graduation time. A week before I was to walk across the stage at George Mason University I was consumed by overwhelming anxiety- life was becoming as real as it could ever be and I did not feel like I was actually achieving a goal to some extent. I did not feel prepared to apply for medical school and I honestly didn’t really want to go, but how could I just not go when I’d been working for so long towards that goal? I was working at the local community college which (once again) had decided to cut part-time employees hours back due to “budget cuts and low enrollment” which resulted in me receiving half of what I was previously earning. Bills were getting paid but there was never extra. As time went on, I decided to become a midwife instead of an OB/GYN and I now was in a rush to complete everything I needed for the upcoming nursing application cycle (yes I would’ve had to get a Bachelors of Nursing before I could get a Master’s in Midwifery). That brought on a whole new slew of worries: Where I would get the $60,000 it would cost for this 18-month nursing program? Throw in the financial demands of being a mom, plus no success in my job search post-graduation. Long story short, I was not financially secure and as I became increasingly overwhelmed by my situation, my back pain also worsened.
As I looked for solutions on how to clear the blockage in my Root Chakra I came across Crystal Healing (Thank Goddess!). I had been collecting stones over the years as they always caught my attention but I had no idea they were more than “just rocks.” As many of us do today, I went on Instagram and searched the hashtag crystals and came across plenty of things. I reached out to a few sellers and I felt like a stalker instead of a possible customer as many of my questions went unanswered. I found a local metaphysics shop that sold the stones I was looking for and once again, during my purchase, I did not feel supported in understanding more about the crystals. I had so many questions and clearly I was going to have to find an alternative way to get them answered. AND I DID!!!
After several weeks of guided meditations with my stones, journaling and filling my wall with positive affirmations I noticed a decrease in my pain. I even got a crystal to help my son’s nightmares go away and it worked! I found old stones I was previously given and upon researching what they meant, it was perfect for the time they were given to me. As crystals became a more prominent part of my life, I got excited about sharing this healing tool with anyone who would listen!
As I was telling a friend about my negative experiences while shopping for stones they suggested I start selling them. (Shout out to Bowe!) It was perfect timing as I had been thinking of it myself. During this time my book selection unintentionally was more spiritually based, even the ones I was gifted (thanking Bowe again!). So I added The Crystal Bibles, Women’s Chakra Healing, Numerology, Astrology, Business for Dummies, and anything else that seemed to align with this purpose to my list.
Fast forward to today- I have my own website! I found my purpose in something I once thought was “just a rock” and I love sharing this knowledge with you! It is my intentions to help anyone who is interested, to understand that regardless of religion, gender, sexuality, age, or race, crystals can benefit you at every step of your journey. Never hesitate to ask- as I tell my students, “There is no such thing as a dumb question.” I am here to support you.
Thank you and be on the lookout for more stories and workshops! PEACE
Donna in the flesh, but Jendayi in spirit! Mother. Healer. Spiritual Life Coach. Alchemist. Educator. Sojourner. Crystal Lover. Owner of Ascension Crystals. Doula in training. Neuroscience grad. African and African American studies grad. Future Midwife… The list goes “on and on, on and on, (cause) my cypher keeps moving like a rolling stone.”
To learn more about me, my work, and healing with crystals, visit my website