'Bella's Book of Shadows'
Greetings and salutations on this shockingly frigid December Morn!
Today is a brief intro in Chakra's. Remember last week I spoke about crystals and some of their supposed benefits?
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So let's jump right in and immerse ourselves in this powerful and ancient knowledge.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means wheel or vortex and refers to a specific energy point on the body, there are seven energy centres of which our consciousness, our energy matrix is composed. Each of these seven chakras has a specific function.
When all the chakras are in total balance we feel great. But if for some reason a chakra is out of balance, it can affect the way we think, feel, act and respond to life. The chakras can be reharmonized and the equilibrium restored with coloured crystals or gemstones, light, aroma and sound to bring back the correct balance.
Chakra crystals are the same colour of each chakra and if you find you are drawn to a particular colour, you maybe slightly out of kilter. You can help to correct this by focusing your mind on that colour and the area it corresponds to on the body (see diagram), breathing deeply and letting go of any negative thoughts or feelings.
The 7th Chakra is the Crown Chakra - it is denoted by the colour Violet
The 6th Chakra is the Third Eye Chakra - it is denoted by the colour Indigo
The 5th Chakra is the Throat Chakra - it is denoted by the colour Blue
The 4th Chakra is the Heart Chakra - it is denoted by the colour Green
The 3rd Chakra is the Solar Plexus Chakra - it is denoted by the colour yellow
The 2nd Chakra is the Sacral Chakra - it is denoted by the colour
The 1st Chakra is the Root Chakra - it is denoted by the colour Red
Meanings, locations & placement for each chakra are as follows:
The Crown Chakra - Spiritual connection, with your God and Higher Self - Clear Quartz
The Third Eye Chakra - Higher Mind, Imagination, Clairvoyance, Original Thought - Amethyst
The Throat Chakra - Communication, Truth, Self Expression, Willpower, Action - Lapis Lazuli
The Heart Chakra - Love, Harmony, Healing, Divine Love, Compassion - Green Aventurine
The Solar Plexus Chakra - Self Esteem, Confidence, Power - Citrine
The Sacral Chakra - Joy, Relationships, Money, Sexuality, Emotions -
The Root Chakra - Survival, Grounding, Passion - Red Carnelian
Reputed Metaphysical & Healing Properties or Gem Lore of each
Clear Quartz The master healer is a power stone that harmonizes and balances. It enhances energy and thoughts, and purifies the spiritual, mental, and physical. It is also a powerfully protective stone, bringing the purified energy in. Historically this crystal has been used to counter black magic, to perform diagnostic healing, and to communicate with spirits and other worlds. Clear quartz, as opposed to coloured quartz, is associated with the crown chakra.
Amethyst Amethyst brings energies of stability, peace, calm, balance, courage and inner strength. It has been used to protect against psychic attacks. On the spiritual level, amethyst can help open to communication with angels, telepathy and other psychic abilities. It is an excellent stone for meditation or dream work, past life work, and can help you see your path. It has also been used to help ease the pain of grief, and promote happiness. Amethyst is also used as protection for travellers. Physically amethyst is said by spiritual healers and mystical lore to heal the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction, help with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, pain relief, circulatory system issues, endocrine system problems, chronic fatigue, immune system deficiencies, and general healing. Amethyst is associated with the third eye and the crown chakras.
Lapis Lazuli Brings truthfulness, openness, inner power, intuition, creativity, virility and manifestation. It strengthens the mind and body as well as increasing awareness and spiritual connection/evolution. It can help organize daily life as well as organizing and quieting a busy or restless mind. Lapis is also used to contact guardian spirits. Lapis also helps build self-confidence, and is a stone traditionally for royalty. Lapis bring spiritual love and is also known for enhancing love and fidelity within marriage. Lapis is also said to help one overcome shyness. It is associated with the throat and can help one say just the right thing, as if by magic. Lapis is also a stone that protects from both physical and psychic attacks. Lapis is also helpful for sinus ailments, headaches, nervous system, speech problems, pituitary gland and pain relief.
Green Aventurine Aventurine is said to benefit one in all areas of creativity, and imagination, as well as intellect and mental clarity. Lore says that it enhances prosperity and brings career success. It is a gentle stone energetically that gives a sense of calm and balance and enhances happiness. It also helps one to see alternatives and potentials in all situations, giving a positive outlook, courage and inner strength. It is also said to bring luck, especially in games of chance. Green Aventurine is also a mystical stone of prosperity. Aventurine brings friendship to one's life. It is also a stone of protection energies. Folklore and metaphysical lore say that physically it is beneficial for blood, circulatory system, headaches, general health, and sleep disorders. Aventurine is associated with the heart chakra.
Citrine Citrine is known as a "success" stone because it is said in folklore to promote success and abundance, especially in business and commerce. Its lore also says that it enhances mental clarity, confidence, happiness and will power. Citrine is purported to bring good fortune, sometimes in very unexpected ways. Citrine is also a good general protection stone according to crystal healing lore. It is said to alleviate depression and self-doubt, and diminish irrational mood swings due to the effect of mental clarity it has. In traditional folklore and crystal healing lore it is said to aid the digestion and eliminate nightmares that disturb one's sleep. It is associated with the solar plexus chakra.
calcite is a stone that is particularly helpful mentally. It can relieve
emotional fear, mental breakdown, depression, accidents, rape, divorce,
suicidal thoughts. It is particularly helpful with phobias. Orange calcite
restores mental and emotional equilibrium. Orange calcite can also give a
gentle boost to psychic abilities and intuition. Physically, orange calcite is
helpful for the reproductive system, genitals, intestines, irritable bowel
syndrome, kidneys, chronic fatigue, calcium intake and assimilation. It is also
helpful for balancing sexual energies. Orange calcite is associated with the
Red Carnelian Carnelian is an agate class of chalcedony that is a stone of creativity, individuality and courage. Like all agates, it has protection energies. It can aid memory, including recall of past lives. It can assist one in finding the right mate. It is also a stone of protection in general and from anger, jealousy and fear. In addition it can help with manifestation of one's desires, and brings good luck. Carnelian can help ease or remove sorrows. It also helps stabilize energies in the home. It is sometimes called the "actor's stone". Carnelian is associated with the root and sacral chakras. Physically, carnelian has been used to heal open sores, rejuvenate tissues and cells, rheumatism, kidney stones and other kidney problems, gall stones, colds, pollen allergies, and neuralgia.
How to use your selected chakra crystals
Make sure your crystals have been meticulously selected and cleansed for this, the stones will need to further cleansing after you've used them, and then each time after that. You can also carry the stone(s) with you to reinforce their qualities in your life or place them directly on your body in their proper location to energize a particular chakra or the internal structures in that area. You can also use the stones as massage tools to focus the energy you wish on a particular area of the body. Most of all, enjoy the energy and beauty of your chakra stones.
Sometimes a stone or crystal you are strongly drawn to doesn't feel good, or a stone that felt good previously doesn't feel so crash hot now. This simply means the stone or crystal may need to be cleared. Clearing is necessary before using any stone for healing. The clearer the energy of a healing stone, the more powerful it is.
1. SMUDGING- A very quick way to cleanse your healing stones is by using a smudge stick of either burning cedar or sage. Smudging is an excellent way to make sure your stones are purified. Simply hold the burning sage or cedar stick while passing your stone through the smoke. Do this a couple times to ensure proper cleansing. I also recommend cleansing stones by smudging after every healing.
2. MOONLIGHT- Moonlight is another way of clearing your gemstones. Simply place outside from the Full to the New Moon. Waning Moons are good times to clear crystals, to dispel old energies, but really any time works, though the Full Moon is more powerful. However I don’t recommend ever placing your crystals and gemstones in sunlight, as many coloured stones can fade in the sun, and it is very dangerous to place any of the clear stones in direct sunlight, due to fire hazard. Also internal fractures may cause your stone to crack or break if placed in direct sun.)
3. HERBOLOGY - Burying your crystal in a small dish of dried herbs will also cleanse it. Suggested herbs for this are rose petals, sage, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood (Pot Pourri is not a substitute!) You can often find these herbs at many New Age stores. This is a very gentle way to clear crystals, and a highly fragrant way too.
4. BURIED EARTH -
may also be buried into the
Earth. This is particularly helpful when you feel a deep cleansing is
needed. Outside in the garden, simply dig a hole the size of your crystal
into the ground, place your crystal again point down, and cover with
soil. The amount of time needed is personal choice. Be sure to
place a marker in the ground, just to be sure you locate your stone again! (Many crystals have been returned to Mother nature this way). For apartment residents, use a plant pot to
bury your stone in. Crystals
5. THE SPEEDY METHOD - If you are in a hurry and feel that your crystal needs to be cleared, you can run them under cool tap water. Make sure the points are facing down the drain, to run the negative energy away and please, don’t ever use hot or warm water, as this can fracture or crack your crystals. As the cool water rushes over the crystal envisage the crystal as sparkly, tingly, cold, and belonging to you.
The placing or laying on of the crystals:
Lie down where you won’t be disturbed, play some soothing music in the background and lay the stones on each chakra point - each coloured stone to like coloured chakra - once the stones are placed on the body, simply close your eyes and relax, allowing the gemstones and spirit guides to do the healing. As the crystals gently re-balance the chakras and aura absorb any negativity replacing it with the subtle healing gem energies. Stay there for as long as you need.
(If you suffer from any medical condition/s, you should see a Doctor - this type of treatment is not a substitute for proper medical care and/or advice - that's why it's known a complimentary therapy)
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I hope you've enjoyed this weeks post and I'll be back next week with another installment of Witchy Wednesday.
Until then, be good and if you can't be good be careful!
Copyright Bella Harte 2012 - Bella’s Book of Shadows