Monday, November 30, 2015

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      Mama Trep

Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sale in My Shop Today Only!!!

These are a sampling of what I have on sale in my shop today! So if you chose NOT to go fight the crowds out there, or if you're stuck at work and can sneak online, please check my shop out! I would love to help you out with your Christmas shopping!!!


Thanks and best wishes!
~~Mama Trep

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pay Attention To Your Chakras

Pay Attention To Your Chakras---huh???

This is just a basic overview, because I am not an expert, but my point in saying this is that anyone can do this, and benefit from doing this type of thing.

Afterall, we don't have to go running to the doctor all the time. If you do that enough, you will end up worse than what you started sometimes. OF COURSE, there is a time and place for everything, and modern medicine has it's place.

Out of a place of frugality is how I came to discover some of these things I believe in. The idea that there may be something I could do for myself that did not require money is a great motivator. The world is so busy, and there is a bombardment of advertising for solutions to all of life's problems. Just watch television for an hour, cued into the ads, and you will see what I mean. Take this, do this, eat this, don't eat that.

One of the things that has become second nature to me is paying attention to my SELF. Not obsessing, just noticing what was going on. I am not the picture of health, I am not into yoga, but that is not required. Start where you are, incorporate the healthy lifestyles that you choose, make your own decisions.

Energy needs to flow through your body. Those chakras need to be unblocked, opened, freely spinning in order for good health, happiness, joyfulness, and all the great things about living to be present in your life. At least that is what I've read. This idea of energy flowing makes me think of pipes, and I'm not sure if it is really like this, but this is how I visualize it. The pipes are all connected, going up and down your spine, out to all your organs, your limbs, connecting down to the earth and up and out to the sky and universe. The chakras in this set up are Seven Huge Colorful Connectors that run from the base of your spine to the top of your head. At any point in this pipe system, anything can enter in, anything can exit or leak out. What affects one spot in this system, affects the whole system. The idea is to keep this whole system intact as best you can, unclogged, without too many leaks, without too many external that we remain WHOLE. Maybe you can think of another analogy, or visualize it a different way, and I would love to hear about it. I am always learning. Maybe do a search on google "creative visualizations of chakras" or something similar. Start learning about this!

Anything can interfere with this system, our energy system, whether it is something you ate or drank, a fight you witnessed, something horrible on tv, past events in your life that were abusive... As well, anything can positively affect this system, our energy system, whether it is a beautiful sunset, a loving interaction with someone in your life, a good phone conversation, a past event in your life that was beautiful, or caring. You get the idea, right? We don't live in bubbles, and our environment and the people around us have a great impact on our SELVES.

When you start thinking this way, in terms of you being an individual with an energy system all of your own, the next intuitive step is to pay attention to it. Even if you have a horrible past, just start now to pay attention to your own system. There may be a lot that is wrong with it, but if you don't pay attention, things will not ever get better. Get back to yourSELF. In paying attention, there is honor, you are honoring yourself. It's free to do this. It won't harm you to do this, I promise.

There are also online quizzes you can do to find out which chakras are clogged or out of balance, or perhaps hyperactive. I tend to shy away from doing these, as I assume ALL of my chakras are out of whack from 55 years of living and not paying attention.

So how do you do this? How do you pay attention to your chakras, your energy system? Through out the day, just visualize your energy system in whatever creative form you decide. Mine is colorful pipes. No matter what is happening during your day, every chance you get, try to visualize or imagine what is going on inside with you. Take five seconds or more to note how you feel, what sensations you have in your body, how your mood is. Is there a pain somewhere, or itchy/scratchy/uncomfortable feeling somewhere? Pay attention to that for just a moment, to it's location, it's intensity, it's quality. Then send that spot some love. I mean, visualize that your system is running perfectly fine. For me, I visualize my colorful pipes, from red at the base of my spine, moving to orange at the spot below my navel, yellow at the solar plexus above the navel, green mid chest, blue at throat, purple at my brow, to clear at the top of my head. Typing that out, took longer than the whole visualization does. Just imagine, or put the thought in your mind, that there are no problems within, all the energy is flowing through you, from toe to head, you're like a perfect rainbow. Visualize it, intend for it to be so, and it is.
Chakra Earrings

Later, you can do some research for yourself. What chakra is associated with that particular area of the body? Ask questions, and learn. One of the things that I have learned is that chakras respond to color, whether you're wearing the color, or seeing the color, or visualizing the color. Chakras also respond to sound, and there are specific frequencies that are supposed to affect (open, balance, unclog) each chakra. (visit youtube and search on "chakra sounds" and find some you like.) Certain smells can have an impact on your chakras, and essential oils are especially tuned into this. Decide one modality that you are drawn to, or something that is easy to incorporate into your life. Just decide to do something to help your self.

I have a board on pinterest  about using color for healing, and I would love for you to connect with me there. My online shop is all about wearing your healing, using color and stones and symbols for healing chakra imbalances, but I am just one of many healing jewelry-makers. Please try to incorporate something intentionally to help your energy flow! Even if it is intentionally picking out a specific color shirt for the day!

Specific Chakra Earrings
It's possible, maybe even highly likely, that you're physically a mess. You have pains everywhere, medical issues and diagnoses. Start somewhere, is my point. Continue with whatever medical plan you have (medications, surgery, therapy), as I am not suggesting that paying attention to your chakras will solve all your problems. What I am suggesting is that paying attention will help.

My next blog article will be about my own short breathing meditation that I use to help with chakra balancing, with particular emphasis on the root chakra. I hope you are able to glean some information from this article, and I would love some feedback and comments! Please stay connected!

Thanks and Best Wishes
Mama Trep

Friday, November 13, 2015

I create things that I am moved to create.

Mama Trep's Designs (that's me) makes handmade, handcrafted, healing jewelry for body, soul and home, using sterling silver, copper, healing stones, healing crystals, healing symbols and natural elements.
I wanted to give you a little bit of background about me, and maybe some insight as to why I do what I do. This info is also on my shop's profile page, but hardly anyone ever looks there.


Bracelet with Turquoise, Silver, Quartz and Glass Beads

My First Sale in my Etsy Shop

I have always made things, and was encouraged by my parents when I was a kid, who bought craft kits, or let me watch while they cooked, or sewed, or fixed the car. I was taught to sew, knit, crochet by my grandmother, and also taught somewhere along the line that if something didn't work, you fixed it, or made do without it. I am self taught regarding anything to do with crystals, wire work, corn husks, soldering, and jewelry fabrication...and am constantly learning. I get absorbed in the process, and am truly happy doing these things. I found Etsy and opened my Etsy shop in 2006.

My father is an artist. However, I am not sure if he identifies himself with that. I watched him as I was growing up, repair engines, and take dents out of cars, and later, take plane wrecks and make them beautiful, working airplanes. I grew up around torches, and finally picked one up in the Fall of 2014. In working with wire and metal, I find it is forgiving, it is resilient, and I am stubborn enough not to give up until it is "right." I am constantly trying to do things better, to learn new techniques or improve the process.

Silver Carnelian Ring, Tumbled Carnelian Silver Ring, 

Quartz Crystal Pendant, Wire Wrapped Pendant, Clear Quartz Necklace

There are pretty things in this world, and my love of sacred geometry drives some of my design (spirals), as does the natural element (crystals and stones). The beauty found in nature can provoke an inward glance at self, and in creating with these elements, I am on a personal journey. Wire wrapped crystals and stones were the first "product" that I sold, and I have been wrapping them for over 15 years.

I believe in energy healing, the healing energy of crystals and gemstones, sound and light (or color), and Mother Earth, nature. I easily incorporate this into what I do, the things that I make with my hands, as this is ME. In fact, it is probably a prerequisite for what I do. Recently, I learned of the word numinosity, and how symbols may invoke a response. When I make something, it usually has a special meaning or specific purpose, to raise the vibrations of someone or something in this world.

I am known as Mama Trep, which is a combination name originating from my Yahoo ID, intrepidsoulmate, years ago. The word, "intrepid," means fearless and persistent. When I became a Mama for the second time later in life, some friends online shortened my yahoo name to Mama Trep, and the name just stuck.

Mama Trep's Designs makes handmade, handcrafted, healing jewelry for body, soul and home, using sterling silver, copper, healing stones, healing crystals, healing symbols and natural elements. If what I do touches anyone in any positive way, I am a lucky person.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Chakras Overview: What is a chakra, anyway?

Please note: There are numerous online valid resources for information about the chakras (613,000 results with a search on for "basic overview of chakras." I encourage you to question and search as you see fit. This is not an indepth description, but I thought it might be useful to people who follow this blog for me to briefly explain about the chakras. I am not trying to rewrite the book. I will list a few key articles at the end of this post.
I plan on making this a series, as I do my own chakra work, including different tips and techniques as I go along. Please feel free to share about your own discoveries, what helps, what doesn't, and maybe we can all learn.

The word chakra means disc or wheel (Sanskrit, I believe). The idea is that there are seven discs of energy, seven main chakras, that align along the spine, from the base of your spine to the top of the head. This energy is the life spirit, life energy, or prana. Prana follows along meridians through the body (but that may be another discussion). Chakras can be envisioned as swirling wheels of energy at those different spots along the spine and body.

There are seven main chakras, and reportedly hundreds of chakras along the meridians on the human body. They have corresponding energies, and each are associated with specific colors, sounds, vibrations. (If you want, you can follow my Color Therapy Board on Pinterest.) Each chakra directs this life energy to specific parts of your body and being, including emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects, and each chakra interacts with the world around you.

The reason the chakras are significant, is that the life energy in your body, your prana, needs to move and flow, in order for the whole of your body or self to function properly. Prana can get blocked at various levels, at these chakras, because of all kinds of influences. When your chakras are not functioning properly, there are blockages, energy is not flowing freely, the chakras are not balanced, and problems arise because of these blockages and imbalances. A blockage in one chakra can cause another chakra to overwork. When your chakras are open, unblocked, and balanced, then there is health and freely flowing life energy, in all aspects of self, your body, your being, including emotional, mental, physical and spiritual.

What causes blockages of prana? What causes the chakras to be blocked? The simple answer is just about anything. Remember, that chakras on your body interact with the world around you. Toxins in our environment, in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, in the food we eat, anything you put into your body; physical, emotional, spiritual damages or injuries, anything that happens to your self; overusing or over-doing in one aspect of our lives... anything that causes a disturbance in our daily lives. The importance in all of this is in achieving balance. The importance is in your intent to achieve a balance, your intent to pay attention to all the things going on with your self, to become aware of, and pay attention to, your chakras and energy system, and applying your attention to your inner self and prana.

Chakra names, locations, corresponding emotional, mental, and spiritual influences

The next blog post will focus on how to pay attention to your chakras, tests for chakra health, and depending on length, how to positively influence your chakras.


Thanks for reading here!
Best Wishes!
~~Mama Trep

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Basic Beliefs of Crystal Healing

originally published February 2, 2008, updated

This is the first in a series of articles about the healing and metaphysical properties about crystals and stones. I am, by no means, an expert on this, but have increasingly found myself interested in all the rocks and gems and natural elements that I have collected throughout my lifetime. I have done some online research about gemstones and healing properties. I currently am studying to become a Crystal Healer, and recently have become interested in Reiki. I just want to take some time to share some of what interests me, and perhaps open up a world of possibilities to those that might not have any inclination or clue to what might be out there to add to and improve life as we know it.

crystalblog5.jpgEnergy healing, which encompasses all kinds of modalities, crystal healing included, has been used for thousands of years, if not more. The Eastern traditions of yoga and Tai Chi, and the Hindu and Buddhist religions, all make reference to energy healing. Theories abound about Atlantis, (do you remember Edgar Cayce’s accounts?) where crystals were used for everything from meditation, healing, generators, transferring energy and weather control. Historically, Native Americans, especially Cherokee, have used gemstones and crystals in their everyday life for guidance and decoration, placing crystals around the home, wearing them under clothing, decorating their ceremonial garb, consulting them for what needs to be done with the day.

The basic tenet here is that all things on earth, and in the universe, possess energy of some form, a life force, or prana. The idea of energy medicine and energy healing is that the human body is made up of energy fields and pathways, which help maintain health through balance. If energy is out of balance or blocked, then illness occurs. There are frameworks and systems to understand and deal with this energy around and through us, in particular, Reiki, auras, and the Chakras. Literature and online research can produce all kinds of information about these subjects.

crystalblog3.jpgOne wonderful online resource for information about Reiki and energy systems describes how auras, which are energy fields surrounding the entire physical world, connect with the chakras on the human body, providing energy to the chakras. The chakras are considered the energy processors for the body. The body has seven main chakras, with each chakra providing energy to one particular gland in the human body. Each gland then controls specific organs. The chakras also influence specific emotional and psychological functions or aspects of the person. Blocks in the aura, the chakras or the pathways (called nadis) have direct effects on mental, spiritual and physical health. Color therapy, crystal therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, music therapy, light therapy, aura cleansing, massage therapy—all of these current-day modalities use this basic tenet of balance/imbalance of energy in the body for healing and health.

How can crystals and gemstones be used? Crystals and stones can be used to aid in blocks with the auras, chakras and the nadis to balance these energy fields and meridians. In basic terms, each chakra has a corresponding color, and the colors of the crystals and gemstones can be matched to the color of a specific chakra to help achieve balance and promote healing. As an example, my ex-husband, who had heart disease, carried a smooth, tumbled, green aventurine stone in his pocket. The Heart Chakra, which is green, controls the thymus gland, which regulates the heart, circulation and lower lungs. During a particular health incident, he went into congestive heart failure and went to the emergency room for treatment. Upon returning home that day, he discovered that his tumbled green aventurine stone had cracked on one side, and a chip had come out of the other side. He believed that the stone took the negative energy away enough so that he did not have a heart attack.

crystalblog1.jpgCrystals and gemstones may be held in the hands, carried on our persons as healing jewelry or adornment, placed in a pouch, amulet or pocket. They can be used with Reiki healing, with meditation, with massage, with any formalized spiritual or religious ceremony, for any religion, or with no religious intent at all. Crystals can also be used in the environment around us, where we live, to alter the energy of our homes, for instance. There are many ways that crystals and gemstones can be used, but the important thing to know is that there is no right or wrong way to use them!

How do you know which healing crystal or healing gemstone to use? As above, you can match the colors to the Chakras, depending on your research about which Chakra controls what. Many sources say that instead of you picking the crystal or gemstone, it picks you. You may be wandering through a bead store to find components for a project and some amethyst bear charms catch your eye. You’ve just been picked! What seems like a random process may be energy forces at work around you, trying to balance things out. There are many books and online resources to help you discover different ways of choosing and using crystals and gemstones. has a webpage called “How to Use Native American Crystal Healing” which describes the importance of prayer, meditation and exercise to develop focus and strength, which helps in “communicating” with and choosing the right crystals. Again, doing your own research on this subject will help you discover the best way for you.
Rainbow Fluorite Pendant
Rainbow Fluorite Pendant

Each crystal or gem has its own vibrational force and energy quality. Again, meditation is important for coming in tune with the energies around us and within us. Including crystals and gemstones with our meditation, we can get to know the crystal or gemstone at hand. Meditation does not need to be a complicated procedure, and could be as simple as taking three deep, cleansing breaths. With this subjective knowledge about a particular crystal, and the knowledge from thousands of years before us, certain patterns have become clear. The metaphysical properties of each particular set of crystals have become somewhat predictable. Using research to discover these properties and patterns can also help you in choosing the right crystal for yourself or someone else.
So, I hope I have given you here a very, general overview about the theories and history behind the use of crystals and gemstones for their healing powers. In my spiritual searching, I have come across many things that I have dismissed for one reason or another. I personally keep coming back to gemstones and crystals. It is one of the reasons for my fascination with beads and jewelry-making, and healing jewelry.

In my next article I will talk about the different ways to cleanse and purify crystals, because they can pick up and store negative energies. I also plan on incorporating ideas of color therapy, or chromotherapy, with chakra healing, starting at the base chakra.

Best Wishes!
~~Mama Trep