She carried crystals in her pocket, practiced some strange Native American energy transfer technique to help in the healing process if we ever had a headache or growing pains, and regularly mixed up her own home remedies to cure everything from pinkeye to strep.
I'm still having flashbacks from her bizarre lemon, cayenne pepper, honey concoction for strep throat, although, I reluctantly admit, it did actually work.
As a kid, I thought my mom's one-with-the-Universe, rocks and herbs hocus pocus was pure crap. As an adult, I can't help but wonder if there isn't something to all this woo-woo, New Age, ancient wisdom stuff.
Practitioners believe that New Age techniques can bring you everything from health and prosperity to true love.
From Vastu Shastra techniques (arranging your living environment) to what kinds of crystals you should be carrying in your pocket to attract "The One," below you'll find five New-Agey secrets that just might help you find true love.
If you're like me, you'd probably never even heard of Vastu Shastra until now.
What is it? According to Seattle-based Vastu experts Robin and Michael Mastro, authors of Making Room for Mr. Right
, "It balances your external home with your spirit, which is your internal home. Vastu is the science that Feng Shui came from. Monks crossed over the mountains from India and into China, carrying with them this ancient knowledge. They both have the same goal which is to improve energy flow."
The Mastros say they have used both Feng Shui and Vastu, and found Vastu to be "much more predictable and results-oriented."
How does Vastu work? There are nine action steps to attract a soul mate or enhance an existing relationship. "We use the power within you, aligned with the Universe to open up the flow of possibility."
The most important Vastu technique, according to the Mastros is to remove clutter.
"Clutter influences the state of your relationships. Too much debris creates stress. Stress blocks the flow of opportunity and possibility in your life. According to Vastu, each direction in your home has a specific influence upon the success and happiness you experience in your relationships.
"If you have clutter in the southeast, it can affect the passion in your love life. Clearing the clutter will generate interest and maintain attraction. Clutter in the northwest affects your mind -- you could be confused, indecisive, and unsettled. When clutter is cleared, it enhances your relationships and you'll have better communication with your lover and friends."
Also, as an added bonus, it will be far easier to find all your stuff.
Rocks under Your Pillow: Rose Quartz & Rhodochrosite
, a Brighton, UK-based Feng Shui
and de-cluttering consultant is the author of Crystal Energy: Feng Shui for Today's Living.
She says, "The best crystals to bring love into your life are rose quartz and rhodochrosite.
"Rose quartz is the lovers' stone. It is a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. It purifies and opens up the heart at all levels and brings deep inner healing and some self love. It also increases self-worth. Rhodochrosite brings out any repressed feelings, opening up the heart to love. It is an excellent stone for the heart and relationships."
According to Lambert, "Crystals work by emitting a mild electromagnetic energy or vibration that can lift the atmosphere or when used on the body can be chosen to match the vibration of different body areas.
"For example the heart and heart chakra (energetic center) needs the color pink to thrive, so it will respond to the vibrations of pink crystals such as the rose quartz and rhodochrosite. The person using them will then give out more loving vibrations and attract the partner they are seeking."
How can you put these rocks to work? Lambert says, "With the love crystals, either have them by your bed or under the pillow, carry them in your handbag or workbag or wear a pendant made out of them that hangs over the heart."
Reiki It Up, Baby
According to Wikipedia, "Reiki is described as a holistic therapy which brings about healing on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The belief is that the energy will flow through the practitioner's hands whenever the hands are placed on or held near a potential recipient, who can be clothed."
Like a massage, without all the touching.
"Reiki is an ancient Japanese method of healing which infuses the body with universal life force energy," says Florida-based Reiki Master Theresa Rose
, author of Opening the Kimono
. "Reiki can be used for relaxation, physical healing, clearing emotional obstacles, both within oneself and in relationships, and manifestation of goals."