Noticed that your dinner conversations have become focused on new age wellness-centric morning routines, meditation practices, or preparing for the new moon? If they haven’t, they will soon. This year, expect to have casual convos about crystals, cleansing our space, pulling intention cards, understanding our birth charts, and more, as topics that were once considered out-there and new age become, well, normal.
Crystals, once the beacons of New Age, have become increasingly ubiquitous. Look at the wrists and necks of your friends – bet they’re wearing at least one. You might even have a few in your home – a rose quartz next to your bed, perhaps? This year, we’ll see this go to the next level with gemstone-filled glass water bottles replacing S’well containers on the mats of your fellow yogis, crystal rollers and gem-infused products becoming a regular part of our skincare routine, and chats about aligning your chakras becoming as normal as a discussion about the weather.
“Crystals, that onetime hippy-dippy hobby, never really went away but now they are practically as common as drinking green juice and practicing yoga,” writes Caroline Tell in an article for The New York Times. “Somewhere between smudge sticks, sound baths and adaptogens, crystals are the latest accessory borrowed from Eastern medicinal philosophies to have penetrated the luxury wellness market, where stylish women are as eager to buy a giant rose quartz as they are the newest Gucci slide.”
About those smudge sticks… ever think you’d be cleansing your space on the reg, let alone with wood from fallen trees in South America? If you haven’t jumped on the Palo Santo bandwagon, we bet you will soon. Unlike sage, which we’ve long known about to clear spaces and energy – and which clears all the energy, both good and bad – from a space, Palo Santo is known for simply removing negative energy (and it smells way better too).
“Palo Santo translates to Holy Wood,” explains Joey Wargachuk, our crystal guru from Happy Soul. “It comes from Peru and it raises the vibrations. It amps up the positive and good energies and doesn’t close any of the portals. If there’s any negativity that’s not supposed to be there, it just resolves it. So you’re not clearing out and starting from scratch.”
Then there’s reiki. A year ago, what would you have said if someone suggested you tackle the big issues in your life with some energy healing? You might have offered a gentle smile before seeking someone else’s advice, but this year, we’re not only embracing reiki as a real healing practice, we’re even looking to pay it forward by becoming certified healers ourselves.
Thanks to practitioners like Tara Good, we don’t have to look far. On almost any given weekend, you can find Tara leading reiki master workshops around the city, so it’s no surprise that she saw this trend coming.
“With the rise in search of a meaningful, soul-driven life, people are turning towards the healing arts with much more of an open heart and mind,” she told us. “This trend started years ago, beginning with the rise in popularity of hot power yoga. This was the perfect intro, as it helped us break through the physical layer. And once you break through blocks on that level, you move towards exploration of more subtle bodies. The energetic and emotional.”
“We need healing on all layers and people are more ready now to explore these deeper aspects. Reiki assists in this by moving blocks through the energetic field, bringing you back to connection with your state of wholeness – what everyone is searching for.”