Though she may have been a stylist in a former life, Colleen McCann is best known to her fashionable clientele as a shamanic energy medicine practitioner. As the founder of Style Rituals, she offers a laundry list of services that straddle the worlds of fashion and mycitism, including what she calls energetic closet cleansing consultations. (In other words, if there are lingering bad or low vibrations lurking in your wardrobe, she’ll weed them out.
In addition to her personal styling services, McCann offers guidance on how to bring positivity into one’s space with the help of crystals. As we continue to adjust to life during the coronavirus pandemic, such acts of self-care take on even greater importance.
With that in mind, we asked McCann to share her five essential tips for re-energizing a home space under lockdown, starting with the closet.
1. Sage Yourself… But Do It Properly
“Light the sage, palo santo, or other sacred herb in a safe manner. Have a fire proof dish close by. It’s important to remember when performing an energy clearing on people, places, or things to provide the ‘unwanted energy’ an exit strategy. Please make sure a door or window is open to allow the smoke and the energy to leave the premises. Sage, palo santo, and other herbs are considered sacred in a vast amount of spiritual and indigenous traditions dating back to the Ancient Egyptians. When using these herbs, it is customary to show respect by holding the herb in your hand before lighting and saying a simple ‘thank you.’ If using a sage bundle at home to clear energy, remove one sprig from the bundle to clear your space rather than lighting the whole bundle. This is considered a much more respectful way to work with the plant. Don’t take more than you need.”
2. Invest in Crystals
“Placing Amethyst and Black Obsidian by your front door keeps unwanted energy out of the space. Amethyst wards off ‘energy vampires’ and Black Obsidian is a stone of grounding and protection. We are all on Zoom in record numbers as we work from home: keep Shungite or Smokey Quartz next to your current DIY desk. Both stones help to absorb man-made EMFs (electromagnetic frequency) that emit from our devices, which are considered harmful to the body. Citrine is the stone of business abundance. Crystals to call in monetary abundance include Green Moss Agate, Green Aventurine, and Jade. Iron Pyrite is a great crystal to sit atop a to-do list or business wish list, as it is the stone of manifestation. Selenite is considered an energetic air purifier. Place this salt-based crystal in places in the home where energy can get “stuck” like under the bed or couch, corners of the room, closets, shoe boxes, storage areas, or window ledges.
Other crystals to know:
Phosphosiderite: Lung vitality
Snowflake Obsidian: Releasing stuck emotions
Rose Quartz: Self-love and love of others
Lepidolite: The Xanax of the crystal kingdom
Dalmatian Stone: Helps calm a running mind