A journey out in the woods on a mission for Lion's Mane mushrooms, bursting through the underbrush and climbing over fallen giants. I had an intuition that morning before I set out that I shouldn't wear any jewelry. On this type of excursion, all sorts of things can become lost, after all. Instead, I insisted on wearing one of my most prized gifts, a necklace I had made with a magical amethyst pendant from my mother.
Seven hours later I return to my sanctuary, peeling through the layers of warm clothes, and felt my neck in disbelief and terror. My necklace was no longer around my neck. Heartbroken, I spent two days searching for my treasure in the woods. I believe it was an offering to the Earth. It was a multitude of lessons, including not being so attached to material objects, letting go and releasing emotion, a sacrifice and gift to the most beautiful jewel of all... our planet. So, I didn't shed a tear. I will adorn the temple of the earth whenever I possibly can.
My mother surprised me with another precious pendant, a sea sediment jasper. Vibrant and ancient, it found its place in my heart and home on my temple. Jasper is known as the "supreme nurturer". It brings balance, protection, peace in solitude, grounding. Jasper eliminates negative energies and activates a sacred space. She knew exactly what I needed.