Meet Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro. When it comes to the world of crystals, let's just say that these two know what they're talking about. With over 25 years of research and experience in the industry, Heather and Timmi founded crystal healing and jewelry company Energy Muse back in 2000, and have only continued to spread their extensive knowledge since.
As a huge believer in the power of crystal healing myself, I was excited to pick Heather and Timmi's brains in an email interview. In anticipation of the release of their debut book, Crystal Muse, on October 17th, the two shared about their unique backgrounds, their favorite crystal rituals to boost mindfulness, how to give yourself an "energy makeover," and more.
LIVINGLY: To start us off, will you tell us what inspired you to create Energy Muse, and how you got the business off the ground? In what ways did your unique backgrounds in business and energy healing help you?
HEATHER ASKINOSIE: Thirty years ago, when I was selling luxury real estate in Southern California, a client asked me to find him a home with good Feng Shui. At that point in my life, I had no idea what Feng Shui was or the world of energy, and that's what truly opened the door to this world for me.
From there, I stumbled upon a crystal store and I was hooked. I began to live a double life, selling real estate by day and spending the nights with the crystals in this store. The more time I spent with them, the more I knew that I could no longer live this double life –– I had to take a leap of faith.
I used the money I'd saved from selling homes and traveled the world to study with indigenous healers, shamans, and medicine people who all bestowed their wisdom to me by word of mouth. When I returned, I wanted to test the knowledge and wisdom I'd gained to see how I could share this with more people –– I've always been a skeptic by nature, so I had to see the results for myself.
I made 10 necklaces combining my knowledge of feng shui and crystals. It was called Prosperity, and it incorporated jade beads and three Chinese coins tied with red string. I gave it to 10 of my friends –– Timmi was one of them, as I knew she would be honest with me –– asking them to wear it for 10 days and let me know what happened. Every single one of them came back with some sort of shift in prosperity.
After that, everyone wanted to get their hands on one of these necklaces, but I had one problem –– I didn't know how to produce product. That's where Timmi entered the picture.
TIMMI JANDRO: My background was in the garment industry, and I'd had the experience of learning all facets of a business –– from sales to production to shipping to customer service. I got a small production team together, and we literally started selling product out of the trunks of our cars.
Soon word spread to the Hollywood A-listers about this prosperity-bringing necklace. We were ushered into Hollywood parties to sell our "energy beads." It's like we were doing energy deals with the most influential and successful people, giving them a competitive edge.
From there, we began to create more products for other intentions to grow our offerings. And that's how we got our start!
For readers who are just getting into crystal healing and energy work, what tips might you suggest to get them started?
Either go to a local metaphysical shop or browse a crystal website online. Scan the shop (or the page) and see what catches your eye. What crystal stands out to you? Which one are you drawn to? Then, read the meaning and properties of that crystal. 9 times out of 10 you will find that the meaning of that crystal correlates to your life in some way, shape or form. And at this time, that is the crystal for you!
We have a “crystal test” in our new book, Crystal Muse, that shows you just this (you can also take it online here). Once you can get out of your head, and into your heart, about working with crystals, the path opens and becomes much simpler. You can’t choose a wrong crystal; people are always so worried about that!
After you get your crystal, take the time to hold it, touch it, and tune in to its frequency. Look at its color, shape, and size. Be aware of any sensations that come up while you are holding it. You may experience a tingling or warmth in your hands. And don't worry if you don’t “feel something” when you hold your crystal. It just means, at this time, you don’t feel anything! It’s that simple. Try not to judge the experience –– just be with it. Sometimes it may take a while for a certain crystal to resonate with you, while at other times that same crystal will make the hairs on your arms stand up.
And advice for those of us who don't consider ourselves "crystal beginners," so-to-speak, but want to deepen our spiritual practice and broaden horizons in energy work?
Consistency is key. Don’t jump from program to program; really give yourself time to dedicate yourself to a new practice. Try doing a new meditation, yoga sequence or crystal ritual that you don’t normally do for at least 11 minutes. 11 minutes is usually enough time to get you out of your comfort zone, and that’s where the transformation begins to happen. Do that same sequence every day for 40 days. In that time period, you will learn a lot about yourself. You’ll learn on what day you want to quit. You’ll learn the stories you tell yourself, the excuses you make, and also how powerful you are, what you are made of, etc.
What are some daily rituals you’d recommend to promote peace in our busy 9-to-5 lives?
Good things come to us when we are happy and light. Shift your perspective and shift your life. See yourself as being in a peaceful state and then you will promote that state of being outwards.
As a simple daily morning ritual: Hold a selenite crystal, close your eyes and repeat this mantra 11x: I let go of worry and fear. I am happy and light. Repeat this for 40 days. See how much lighter you feel after doing this every day!
What kind of crystals and/or rituals would you recommend to boost mindfulness?
My favorite crystals for mindfulness are Amethyst, Lapis lazuli, and Quartz crystal. These are some of the oldest crystals on the planet. They contain thousands of years of history and wisdom within them. I see these as “mindful teachers”. Sit with them and meditate. Have them in your space. Lay them on your body. Whichever way you feel most drawn to connect with them.
What does an “energy makeover” entail in your eyes? How would you suggest undergoing one?
For me, an “energy makeover” starts with clearing your own personal aura or energy field. It’s hard to start a new when you are holding onto the past, negative thought patterns, anger and fear. Over time, these low vibrational energies build up in our aura and it becomes muddied. To cleanse these so that we feel lighter and hopeful, it’s important to sage, or smudge, yourself and the environment you reside in.
You can also take a salt bath to cleanse your energy field. Add sea salt, a piece of black tourmaline and several fresh sage leaves to the bath water and soak for 20 minutes. When you let the water drain, visualize everything that no longer serves you also going down the drain.
Now that you have a clear energy field, it’s the time to begin again and create a new energetic you. After you do a personal energy cleansing and clear the energy of your space, that’s when you can start adding crystals into your routine.
At Livingly, we strive to “live life beautifully.” What does that mean to you?
To me, that means living a life of complete contentment.
Anything else you’d like to share?
HEATHER ASKINOSIE: Our mission and passion has always been to share information and educate people on the benefits of using crystals in your life. We were fortunate enough to have Hay House Publishing come to us about writing a book, as they wanted to add a crystal book to their repertoire. We wanted to write a different kind of crystal book –– one centered around storytelling.
I’ve had the opportunity to study with healers from all over the world, and much of the knowledge I have about crystals and holistic healing was passed down to me through storytelling. That is one of the central themes of our book –– Timmi and I tell our personal stories (kind of in diary style) about the triumphs and hardships throughout our lives and how we used crystals as touchstones to get through those times.
Think of Crystal Muse like a recipe book with the main ingredient being crystals –– you don’t have to read it cover to cover, although you can. Each chapter covers a different subject matter or intention with rituals that tell you exactly how to use certain crystals to focus on a specific outcome. You can start reading the book at chapter 10 or chapter 3 –– there’s no right or wrong place to start. We’re sharing formulas that we’ve perfected and have been working on for over 25 years –– so it takes the “guessing” out of the process for the reader. Let our book take you on a crystallized journey to tune into the real you.