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Let me take you on a journey through the sands of time into ancient Greek mythology.
What do you think of when you hear the names of “Hebe” and “Heracles”?
Let me introduce you to both of these gods/giants because soon after I will bring them into our reality…
Intriguing? Yes it is…so read on!
Who is “Hebe”?
Hebe was Greek the goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera. She served nectar and ambrosia to the Olympians and later married Heracles, with whom she had two children, Alexiares and Anicetus. Her name comes from the Greek word for youth, and it was believed that she had the ability to restore youth.
There were several versions of the tale of how she was born. In one version of her story, she was the legitimate child of Zeus, the king of the gods, and Hera, the queen of the gods. In another version of her story, her mother, Hera, simply became pregnant with her while she was eating some lettuce leaves while she was having dinner with Apollo, a fellow Olympian. As she grew older, she became the “Cupbearer of the Gods”, which essentially means that she was responsible for serving the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus their drinks, particularly the nectar that they so loved. She also assisted Hera with various tasks, such as helping her onto her chariot.
Who is “Heracles”?
Heracles is known to be one of the most celebrated heroes in Ancient Greek mythology. He was the son of Zeus and his mortal lover, Alcmene. Hera, Zeus’s wife, became jealous and seemed to have taken it out on Heracles. Despite that, Heracles thrived. One of his most famous tales is how he completed the Twelve Labors, but he was also associated with other stories. Another being the tale of how he got together with his wife, Hebe!
Heracles was renowned for his extraordinary strength, courage, ingenuity, among other things. Together with Hermes, he was the patron and protector of Gymnasia and Palaestrae
Heracles Becomes Immortal
Because Heracles had a mortal mother, he was considered a demigod. He did have certain powers and was particularly known for his strength. He was granted immortality at a special ceremony on Mount Olympus. However, there are conflicting accounts as to how he earned this immortality in the first place. Some indicated that he earned it through his heroic deeds and other accounts track it to a specific incident. Either way, the stories do agree that he was given immortality later on in life and that Hera, his longtime nemesis, wasn’t pleased.
Hebe and Heracles Get Married
Accounts of Heracles and Hebe show that the pair got married after he was given immortality. This marriage further displeased Hera because it took her daughter, Hebe, away from Mount Olympus and into the arms of a man that she detested. Not only that, but Hebe did a lot to assist Hera and because Hebe wasn’t around, she could no longer be there for Hera. To make matters worse for Hera, when Heracles and Hebe were married, Heracles was given the gift of eternal youth, which further sparked Hera’s contempt.
Despite the fact that Hera wasn’t pleased when the pair got together, Hebe and Heracles had a great marriage and the two had children together. Once Hebe left Mount Olympus, Zeus found someone else, the beautiful youth Gandymede, to be the Cupbearer of the Gods. Hebe went from being treated like a servant on Mount Olympus to being in a happy marriage with one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology.
Keeping it real!
Now that you know a bit more about these two great giants, allow me to introduce another two giants based off of them. After researching, I have put together some crystals that would aid in the process of anti-aging and protection. 2 bracelets with 2 distinct functionalities!
Intoducing “HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet” and “Heracles Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet”
HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet:
Consisting of 8 anti-aging healing crystals – Amethyst, Aquamarine, Citrine, Clear quartz, Labradorite, Mookaite, Rose Quartz and Black Tourmaline
HERACLES Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet:
Consisting of 8 protection healing crystals – Black Tourmaline, Labradorite, Lava Stone, Black Onyx, Hematite, Obsidian, Amazonite, Smoky Quartz
HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet: Healing Properties –
Amethyst – Helps to provide physical, emotional, and mental equilibrium. Good for balancing hormones, immune system, and nervous system and reducing stress. It also flushes out toxins that contribute to aging. A higher chakra crystal, Amethyst is a Third Eye and Crown Chakra gemstone that naturally ejects stress hormones from the body. It enhances Health, Beauty and Clarity. Amethyst is a natural tranquiliser, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. Amethyst activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities.
Citrine – Assists in bringing about joy, happiness, and abundance. Good for the digestive system, tissue regeneration, and heart health. It energises every area of life, improves your motivation and encourages self-expression. Invigorates and encourages rejuvenation and wellbeing.
Aquamarine – Has calming energies that quiet the mind and reduce stress. It protects against pollutants. It soothes your fears and encourages taking responsibility for your-self as well as breaking old worn self-defeating programs. Also known as the Stone of Mermaids due to its effect of retaining youthfulness. A gorgeous gemstone that also helps the wearer dispel stress by clearing frustrations, Aquamarine is also a protective stone. It activates the higher heart and throat chakra when programmed as a gem elixir.
Clear Quartz – Helps with your quality of life, by regulating energy and mental focus. A purification stone that is said in some quarters to be the ultimate crystal for reversing aging and retaining the fountain of youth. It also helps clear the free radicals, dead cells in the skin and negative energy. Good for heart health.
Mookaite – Can help you to change your beliefs about the inevitability of aging and degeneration. It helps you to feel younger by raising your vibrations and changing your attitude to life and thoughts about aging.
Labradorite – A powerful anti-aging crystal that not only slows aging, but also increases the production of youthful hormones such as Elastin and Collagen. It is also a useful companion throughout the aging process, imparting strength and perseverance. Labradorite is one such gemstone that also puts you in a trance-like-state to dispel your distresses. When used to program the base chakra, labradorite also activates the Third Eye Chakra.
Rose Quartz – Yet another heart chakra stone that increases blood circulation, Rose Quartz is a quintessential beauty stone. When used on the mid-chakras, Rose Quartz also increases self-love and breaks distress hormones in the body. It enhances Love, Harmony and Positivity. Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace.
Black Tourmaline – An excellent gemstone that breaks the toxins that clog your facial and skin pores, black tourmaline harmonizes and balances multiple chakras of the human body. Using gem elixirs, black tourmaline also ensures psychic protection that keeps the wearer protected from pigmentation-related aging processes. It cleanses, purifies and forms a protective shield around the body and dispels negative energy. It also protects against EMF’S, a natural stress aid. It banishes feelings of being a victim, attracts inspiration, compassion and prosperity. It is known to protect against cell phones, and strengthen the immune system. Black Tourmaline also guards against environmental pollutants.
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HEBE Chris-Tal Youth Bracelet
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HERACLES Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet: Healing Properties –
Black Tourmaline – Cleanses, purifies and forms a protective shield around the body and dispels negative energy. It also protects against EMF’S, a natural stress aid. It banishes feelings of being a victim, attracts inspiration, compassion and prosperity. It is known to protect against cell phones, and strengthen the immune system. Black Tourmaline also guards against environmental pollutants.
Obsidian – Obsidian is truth-enhancing. A strongly protective stone, it forms a shield against negativity. It blocks psychic attack and absorbs negative energies from the environment. Obsidian draws out mental stress and tension.
Labradorite – Enhances serenity, clarity, imagination. A stone of transformation, Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and grounds spiritual energies. Excellent for strengthening intuition – promoting psychic abilities.
Lava Stone – Enhances strength, passion, Creation. Lava Stone is a grounding stone that strengthens one’s connection to Mother Earth. It gives us strength and courage, allowing us stability through times of change. It provides guidance and understanding in situations where we may need to “bounce back”. A calming stone, it is very useful in dissipating anger.
Onyx – Enhances objectiveness, spirituality, meditation. Onyx gives strength. It promotes vigor, steadfastness and stamina. Imparts self-confidence, helping you to be at ease in your surroundings. Onyx banishes grief, enhances self-control and stimulates the power of wise decision-making.
Hematite – Enhances optimism, courage, stability. Hematite helps to absorb negative energy and calms in times of stress or worry. Hematite is a very protective stone and is great to carry to help you stay grounded in many situations. Hematite is also good for working with the Root Chakra, helping to transform negative energies into a more positive vibration.
Amazonite – is a soothing stone, calming the brain and nervous system and aids in maintaining optimum health. It also balances the masculine and feminine energies. It soothes emotional trauma, alleviating worry and fear. Dispels negative energy, aggravation and blockages within the nervous system. Amazonite assists in manifesting universal love. Amazonite, blocks geopathic stress, absorbs microwaves and cell phone emanations, and protects against electromagnetic pollution. Amazonite is beneficial in osteoporosis, tooth decay, calcium deficiency and calcium deposits. It relieves muscle spasms.
Smoky Quartz – Enhances Endurance, Pride, Perception. It gently neutralises negative vibrations and is detoxifying on all levels, prompting elimination of the digestive system and protecting against radiation and electromagnetic smog. Smokey Quartz disperses fear, lifts depression and negativity. It brings emotional calmness, relieving stress and anxiety.
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HERACLES Chris-Tal Protection Bracelet
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Read my article “Healing Stones-What are they?” to know more about healing crystals and their properties
Disclaimer: The outlined metaphysical and healing properties in this website are for inspiration and reference. I gather this information and alleged properties from writings, books, folklore and various other sources. They are also dependent upon the attitude and beliefs of the individual. Furthermore they do not replace diagnosis or treatment by a qualified therapist or physician.
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All of us react differently and have imaginative ways of doing things which is pretty similar to parenting as well. There is no best or worst way to deal with young, growing adults but sometimes experiences give you an unknown wisdom; a know-how which could help you and others in the long run. A single tried and tested way would probably not solve all problems because we are dealing with different characters, ages and circumstances. Being a single parent myself with kids aged from 5 to 14 and 17, I can assure you that I have had my share of ups and downs like so many parents out there! But looking back hindsight at certain situations, I have begun to understand that there are a few things that I could have been handled better, knowing what I know now!
It goes without saying that when a child is going through a temper tantrum, worse still when it happens to be in public…there you are stumped as a parent, probably feeling horrible and guilty, not to mention embarrassed with all the hot stares glaring at you, unmistakably giving you this feeling of being “The worst parent with a terribly raised child!” At these times, I concur that all bets are out of the window and you do what you can to survive, which might be dropping everything, to run out with your child or even bribing them with something just to get them to quieten down. Worst case scenario… (I hope nobody has to endeavour!) is when you feel the need to yell…which we know we shouldn’t and mustn’t have to resort to!
With that said, I am hoping these little tips I will be sharing may help you understand your kids better (if ever possible :)!), to cope/react better or to at least try with your dignity intact!
So here goes:
- Put yourself in your child’s shoes
Understand that children get stressed too with circumstances around them that you might have over-looked! When both of you have cooled down…try to sit them down and ask them questions which might help you understand why they are behaving/feeling the way they are. This will not only calm them but also reassure them (and you), that you care and are looking out for them!
2. Use the famous “Time-Out” if you need to
Make sure to make it age-appropriate; the general rule is one minute per year of your child’s age. So, a 2-year-old would get two minutes of time-out while a 5-year-old would get five minutes!
Create a time-out chair or space, such as the “thinking chair” or the “quiet zone.” Just make sure the area is neutral and boring, away from the distractions of other siblings, television, toys, or objects they could use to irritate you!
3. Grow with your child
There will always be the famous “Generation gap”, but you can help decrease it by keeping up with the times they are living in. I have sit downs and lots of casual chats with my eldest on the music he listens to and our favorite artists and the reasoning behind it. Agreed some of their music choices might sound very alien to you but hey we are trying to be part of the HIP crowd ;)! Try to find out more on the books, games, social media… topics they and their friends are currently talking about. This also gives you an insight into what they are up to without being too inquisitive!
4. They need some space too
Like I explained before, kids these days are exposed to so much more around them then we ever were. Computers, smart phones, technology can get very tiring and cumbersome. Isn’t it tiring for you? So you understand why it could be for them as well! Give them some space to reflect, calm down, and just hang with nothing to do. As parents we love to encourage our children to do various extra-curricular activities; sports, music, dancing, hobbies, which is all fine and good, but that must be followed up with relaxation too. Hence some space to rewind wouldn’t hurt.
5. Encourage but don’t push…
Being quite ambitious myself, I have had a few scenarios where I have been cross with my kids because their scores weren’t top notch or sometimes because they didn’t score that goal that I thought was theirs for the take! Thankfully, I have realized that those weren’t the best approach and learnt to never make the mistake of projecting my wants onto them. Kids are sensitive but hardy and they know when something motivates them or when it doesn’t. Communication should be a 2-way street here and try to work/resolve it out together with them. Remember we are there to support and guide them along the way, throwing in loads of love and compassion!
6. Let them decide when they are full…
As a child I was pretty much forced to eat everything on my plate. I understand that this was because our parents were taught not to waste food and they told us about the horror stories of starving children to get us to eat up! This might be true but who is best to judge when one is full? We know when we are full and guess what…so do your kids! Of course if they are not eating healthy or you suspect that they might be suffering from Bulimia, Anorexia or other eating disorders then you need to talk it out with them and maybe even consider seeking medical help.
7. Don’t “punish” but discipline them correctly with constant feedback
I always hated the word “punishment”; I swear it felt like I was some prisoner being lead to the gallowsJ! On a serious note though, discipline your child in a rational way, which means talking to them with a more serious tone and body language and proceeding to enforce better rules for the next time. A part of disciplining them is also praising them for a job well done or simply noticing and rewarding them for at least giving it a try! “Praise works wonders” and I can swear by this. Who doesn’t like receiving compliments or being recognised for a job well done?
8. Let them explain their situation
Kids will always get into trouble; we just hope that these might be little issues and not difficult ones! That is nature’s way of helping them grow, realise and learn from mistakes. Sure we are there to guide and advice along the way! When faced with such a situation, give them the chance to explain what happened and how they landed in that situation. Stand by them and support them in right or wrong, that was a given responsibility to you the day they were born! The least you can do is hear them out without already passing judgement!
9. Let them know how you feel
Open up to them and tell them how you feel. I communicate when I feel sad, or happy or even angry about certain situations. This creates a sort of bonding and you can be sure that this opens the door to them also communicating back to you when they need to. These emotional exchanges only serve to strengthen the relationship you share with your little one.
10. Never raise your hand
There is no need for it! Physical pain has and never will correct behaviour patterns. Kindness, compassion, love and good communication will however. They are your children, young adults deserving respect like each and every being on this planet does! If you ever reach that point where you think of resorting to it, let the alarm bells ring and step out of that situation. Go for a walk, let someone else temporarily talk to them, give them a time-out…anything till you can calm down and have some time to reflect on the situation at hand. Then go in with logic, common-sense and compassion and talk it through. The guilt of hitting or harming an innocent being is an impossible thing to bear and should never be condoned!
11. Even us-parents make mistakes
None of us are without fault; we are human and we can mistakes too. Let them know when you have made a mistake and apologise for it. Kids learn through example and doing. Set the correct wheel in motion!
12. Be you!
Remember the saying: “We become our parents”…Well, keep that in mind and don’t forget to be you! Our parents had their ways of dealing with us, another generation, another mind-set! You are here, now, so live with your time and the person you have become.
13. Keep learning and growing as a parent…become your child’s “Role-Model”
I am still learning every day on how I can grow and be a better parent to my lovelies. They are tomorrow’s adults and I want to make sure I am / become the best role-model they will ever need. The way you live your life will reflect back on them. I ask them for advice too, and I involve them in conversations which might impact them. They need to feel responsibility and empathy, which stems from their involvement in your daily life. Encourage, love and support them and always keep growing…
BY CHRISELDA BARRETTO
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