Hi! I’m Chloe, the owner/operator of Wandering Crystals! I love crystals and minerals and am happy to share the gorgeous stones I find with you! I source unique high energy stones from all over Africa (and beyond!) and infuse them with love. I am certified in Atma Kriya yoga and have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and I have combined these passions to make Wandering Crystals, a business dedicated to healing with crystals.
How I got into crystals
In 2012, my junior year of University, I took a class on consciousness. It was fascinating but I really struggled with some of the readings - I was a much more closed minded and negative person then. At the suggestion of my professor, I began meditating. I purchased a lovely selenite sphere (my first ever crystal!) because I heard crystals can help deepen meditation and thought at least the weight of it would help give me something to focus on while just starting out.
I knew I wanted to be happier and to release all the negativity that had been plaguing me for years. I began a healing journey. I switched from vegetarian to vegan, started teaching myself yoga, and spent a lot of time reflecting on my life and my choices.
I was so determined to be happy and to rid the self loathing from my life that I was willing to dig deep to get to the root of my emotions to discover that the source of my unhappiness was myself - particularly my negative thoughts. My husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) patiently supported me through all the crazy emotional ups and downs, insecurity, jealousy, and general bad attitude that I had.
I genuinely believe that after I decided to do whatever it takes to be happy, the universe conspired to help.
I'm telling you this because I hope to inspire at least one person. I want you to believe that if you want something badly enough, if you devote yourself to something genuinely and wholeheartedly, the universe will support you - you just have to be willing to do the work.
Now I am pleased to say that I am the happiest I've ever been and all my dreams are coming true. I wouldn't have been able to do it without my amazing support system but honestly I have to give myself credit too. If I hadn't been so unbelievably unhappy and sick of myself I would never have had the courage to change my life. I am so glad I bought that selenite sphere - it was the catalyst that changed my life forever.
I am not a licensed psychotherapist so I cannot offer professional advice but I am happy to make suggestions for crystals that may help you on your healing journey and answer any questions you may have.
What is Atma Kriya Yoga?
Atma Kriya is a powerful form of yoga, taught by Lord Krishna to his disciple Arjuna 5,000 years ago, and mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. It provides a simple form of meditation for those who have never meditated before, while simultaneously enabling new depth to experienced meditators and gives one a means to overcome karmic obstacles. Atma Kriya has been described as the highway to the self, and is transformative in nature. I highly recommend reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda if this interests you. I have also provided a link to the Atma Kriya website for more information.
Living in South Africa
I studied Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I met my husband. After visiting his native country of South Africa several times over the years, when we had both graduated and it was time for him to return home, I packed up our dog and two cats and joined him. I’ve loved every minute of living in South Africa. It is a truly gorgeous country with beautiful landscapes, friendly people, wonderful weather, and amazing minerals!
Today, I am blessed by gorgeous crystals that I believe will help others on their journey. I pour my heart and soul into the crystals in my shop, with the wish that someone out there might feel the hope and love that exists in the universe and decide to put in the effort to become their best self. Please remember that it doesn't matter where you are on life's journey, it gets better, and you are so loved, even if it doesn't feel that way.