I received a beautiful gift today. It’s a necklace, handcrafted, to protect me. It was given to my by a massage therapist, Aisha. I’ve written about her before, she’s a great therapist and very intuitive about body energy. She knows mine. The necklace she gave me featured the stones Tiger’s Eye and onyx and it was wrapped in copper. It’s beautiful, but art is not its mission.

News of the Boston Marathon bombings broke when I was live on the air filling in for Chad Hartman. The fear was palpable. My brain kicked into high gear, breaking news is a job, work Jor. But when people are killed, hurt, afraid… my head was in the work, but my heart was breaking.

When you are immersed in tragedy it’s hard to leave it at work, hard to stop asking questions, hard to not be angry. You are a sponge for information and soaking up the facts sometimes makes it difficult to filter out the evil energy that created them.

I was grateful for the help.

The Tiger’s Eye gem is said to draw courage and power to fight negative energy. Tiger’s eye can also help balance and clear emotions, thus contributing to a calm mind and peaceful disposition. She chose Tiger’s eye because I am so open to other people’s energy. That may be great for being a talk show host but it’s not always great for being human, as there is so much negative energy in our world. The Tiger’s Eye was supposed to help me block other people’s negativity and protect my own energy.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Aisha said whatever gets past the Tiger’s Eye, the onyx will take care of. I love having a backup plan and clearly she knew that. Onyx is worn to defend against negativity that is directed at you. Black Onyx is for self-protection, to keep away or end unhealthy relationships. While I can’t always avoid negative people I now have a tiny shield to block them from invading my personal space, or worse my heart.

The two gems are wrapped in copper to create the shape of an eye. Copper is a great conductor of electricity, it is believed to help transmit the powers of the stones more readily to the person who wears them. Copper will smooth and amplify the flow of energy, thoughts and emotions.

The All Seeing Eye, which is on many of our icons and fashion these days is worn as a talisman for health, safety, wisdom and prosperity. The eye also symbolizes the ability to perceive and interpret both the seen and unseen.

Aisha told me to wear the necklace in front of my heart. The world was suffering and we were suffering along with it.

It’s not only a beautiful piece, but a beautiful sentiment. The Boston Marathon bombings, the Texas explosion, poison letters sent to politicians; there is a lot of evil in our world. I believe there is more good than bad, but sometimes the evil wears on you. Some weeks it’s everywhere, on TV, at work, in the energy vampires that you may have to deal with on a daily basis. It’s heavy and cold like our never-ending Minnesota winter was this year. I don’t want to hide from it, in fact I want to experience all of life, but I am so grateful for my meticulously constructed jewelry shield, that I’m choosing to believe can offer me a little extra protection.

Listen tonight at 8:10 p.m. I’ll talk to Mike Max about the talismans and rituals that athletes use. At 8:35 p.m., I’ll have the jeweler on who created my necklace to discuss the history and power of healing gemstones. Of course, I want to hear from you, what’s your good luck charm?


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