Red Agate as Protection for Excess Materialism During the Holidays

Laguna Agate

Yesterday I went to the mall and wanted to buy everything in sight.  A swirl of conflicting thoughts came up, particularly the desire to buy some very lovely things,  juxtaposed against the immediate chatter of my ego attempting to assert it’s belief in lack and deep-rooted poverty consciousness.

Abraham-Hicks teaches that there are only two vibrations when it comes to abundance: more than enough/always enough or not enough/never enough.   In the past, I have left shopping situations feeling very constricted and down on myself as a result of negative self-talk about how I can’t afford this or that and as a result of focusing on the negative aspects of my current financial situation.  I have been working on the belief in “always enough”  however,  this Christmas appears to be a little more financially tight for those close to me (myself included) so it was tempting to fall back into these old patterns of thought.  I said a silent prayer that whatever material items were supposed to be mine would find their way to me, then I mentally leaned into the resulting sense of peace and went along my way.

I left the mall without buying anything and when I came home, a piece of Laguna Agate, a stone I haven’t worked with in a long time, caught my attention.  I had the strong sense to hold onto it and to put it in my pocket.  Immediately I felt very grounded, and secure.  The remaining senseless chatter from my ego dissipated and it was such a pronounced shift  I was compelled to look it up.  I found that Laguna Agate and all red Agates are known to reduce greed and stop the burning desire for things we do not need.

Next time you go shopping and want to prevent impulse-buys or any of the negative feels that may come from the desire from material things, try carrying this stone with you or wearing it as jewelry.  I’d love to hear if it makes a difference for you.

❤ Mercedi



United we stand

In celebration of America’s Independence Day tomorrow, I wanted to share a little film I made about the power of human connection.  Many of us feel deep pride and connection to our country, and to our fellow Americans on this day.  I’d like to invite you to take that feeling and expand on it, to feel how awesome it is to realize we are not alone on this Earth and that we get to share this  journey with other spiritual beings on this “human experience” adventure.


“Recognize that the Other Person is You.” – Yogi Bhajan

Valentine’s Day

99 Red Heart Balloons

Valentine’s Day Love Day

Valentine’s Day often gets a bad rap.  What is Valentine’s Day anyway? A celebration of martyrdom?  A plot devised by the card/candy/jewelry companies to get us to spend money?  A way to make single people keenly aware of their lack of companionship?

I love Valentine’s Day, and I’m going to tell you why.  Out of all the things we celebrate, why should we not have a day to celebrate LOVE? Love is the highest form of energy, the highest law.  In a way, it’s the driving force behind most of the other holidays we observe in the U.S.  We celebrate the things we love as a collective people: Jesus, our country, those who have served our country, and those who have made a difference by honoring them with their own day on our calendar. How much more so should we be celebrating the emotion that fuels the recognition of these things, people and events?

I’m not solely talking about romantic love, either.  Love is a broad emotion and takes many forms.  I always include my mom and my sister on Valentine’s Day, but why stop there?  We can celebrate the love we have for our pets, for our health, for our friends, for the planet, for ice cream…whatever it is that YOU love right now. The sky is truly the limit.

Sure, chocolate companies profit off of the day but people are going to find a way to profit from all kinds of things.  That doesn’t mean we should let that take away from what the holiday is truly about, to me at least.  I celebrate this holiday as Love Day.

To close, I will leave you to ponder this beautiful thought by the poet Hafiz:

Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth
“You owe me”
Look what happens with a love like that
It lights the whole sky

Happy Love Day,