Chakras and Gemstones
A gemstone (also called a gem, fine gem, jewel, precious stone or semi-precious stone) is a piece of mineral crystal which, in cut and polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments. However, certain rocks (such as lapis lazuli) or organic materials that are not minerals (such as amber, jet, and pearl) are also used for jewelry and are therefore often considered to be gemstones as well. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster or other physical properties that have aesthetic value. Rarity is another characteristic that lends value to a gemstone. Apart from jewelry, from earliest antiquity engraved gems and hard stone carvings, such as cups, were major luxury art forms. A gem maker is called a lapidary or gem cutter; a diamond worker is a diamantaire. Gemstones are living creatures. They are active participants in nature. Protons, neutrons and electrons are flying around in an absolute bliss of balance and participation, upholding patterns of sacred geometry. Yes, geometry is sacred because nothing could be built in the natural world without it. Biology is math. Nature is an exploration of possibility through patterns that work in balance, creating the living, behaving, and interactive world that we all live in—in and through.Gemstones come in multiple forms and colors. Their different colors resonate with the body’s energy system and although their energetic effect is more diffuse than crystals, they are extremely useful for harmonizing an environment or wearing on your person as jewelry. As with color and crystals, gemstones also provide a symbolic and energetic connection to nature.The traditional classification in the West, which goes back to the ancient Greeks, begins with a distinction between precious and semi-precious; similar distinctions are made in other cultures. In modern usage the precious stones are diamond, ruby, sapphire, and emerald, with all other gemstones being semi-precious.
Chakra stones are healing crystals that have a specific vibration and color.All of the chakras have specific colors that can be used to heal them, as well as specific sound vibrations.Although we normally speak of only seven chakras, the human energy field is made up of thousands of minor chakras in addition to the major seven.Although most stones of a specific color will be the stone for healing a particular chakra, some stones may be used to heal more than one chakra. There are many stones for each chakra, and various crystals may be particularly powerful to aid you to heal in different ways. Precious and semi-precious gemstones have been used since recorded history and probably before, for spiritual, emotional and physical healing.Gemstones resonate with unmatched consistency. Gemstones sing their incredible songs of structure, balance, wavelength and frequency and can bring us back into harmony. Raw energy establishes patterns on an initial primal scale when it takes the form of subatomic particles. These particles combine and cooperate to produce atoms, molecules and minerals. Mother Nature ushers forth all that is possible in the natural world, building up its complexity from the mineral kingdom to the plant kingdom and on to the animal kingdom. As human beings, our bodies are an incredible and complex masterpiece of nature’s organization and balance.Each stone resonates with a slightly different pattern geometrically. These same geometric patterns reside in our systems, organs, etc. To hold a Rose Quartz up to our heart is to ask the structural patterns active in our subtle bodies to align themselves and operate effortlessly and with purity. Alternative healers all over the world use gemstones today. It is best to use gemstones for physical healing with a professional, but the layman – with caution and practice – can use them. If you are using gemstones on yourself or helping a friend, it is best to work slowly and keep a written record of each treatment as to how long stone was left on the body and exactly where on the body it was placed. Some stones should not touch the body, but only be used about an inch or two above it. Research and understand each stone before using it. There is a wide range of healing attributes that pertain to various stones and the things that they are known to remedy.As you gain knowledge of what health issues are healed by the various crystals that you have, you will be able to take personal responsibility for your own healing.Although certain colors are commonly thought to heal certain chakras, some stones do not fit the pattern.Clear crystals, black, brown and various mixed color crystals have a healing effect on a few different chakras.
Chakras from the heart up are very closelyassociated with the spiritual area within the etheric body, and may be healed by high vibration stones.These stones that have high vibration with strong crystal energy are powerful for making dramatic changes in those chakras.Other stones that heal more than one chakras are those with flecks through them such as agates.The lower chakras such as the base chakra and the earth star chakra, which is below the feet, respond to the black and brown crystals.These darker crystals have a stronger spiritual grounding action.Often stones of a particular color that is a mixture of the two chakra colors will heal both of the chakras.Light yellow-green stones and crystals are good examples, as they heal both the solar plexus chakra, because of the yellow tones in the stones and the heart chakra, because of the green shades.Each chakra is typically associated with one or several stones. The premise of working with chakra stones or crystals is that each stone has the purpose of magnifying or balancing the energy center you’re focusing on. For instance, you’ll use heart chakra stones to work on the fourth chakra. In order to choose a healing crystal, one has to look at several stone attributes, including its energetic quality, color, and the intuitive or personal resonance one has with it.
Chakras, by definition, are energy centers within the human body that help to regulate all its processes, from organ function to to the immune system and emotions. We can commonly count 7 chakras positioned throughout your body, from the base of your spine to the crown of your head. Each chakra has its own vibration frequency, that is depicted through a specific chakra color, and governs specific functions that help make you, well, human.A chakra (pronounced “cha”-“kra” with a resounding “ch”) is a center of energy. Originating from Sanskrit, it literally means “wheel” by association with its function as a vortex of spinning energy interacting with various physiological and neurological systems in the body.They are charged and recharged through contact with the stream of cosmic energy in the atmosphere in much the same way that your home is connected to a central power source within a city – the only difference is that this cosmic energy source is free.They regulate the flow of energy throughout the electrical network (meridians) that runs through the physical body. The body’s electrical system resembles the wiring in a house. It allows electrical current to be sent to every part, and is ready for use when needed.Sometimes chakras become blocked because of stress, emotional or physical problems. If the body’s ‘energy system’ can not flow freely it is likely that problems will occur. The consequence of irregular energy flow may result in physical illness and discomfort or a sense of being mentally and emotionally out of balance.
There are 7 colors associated with the traditional chakra system. Each of them reflects the frequency or vibration quality of light of the energy centers. For example, red corresponds to the first or root chakra; orange to the second or sacral chakra; yellow to the third or solar plexus chakra, etc.In addition, the colors may symbolize certain physical or emotional qualities reflected through flow of energy in the body. For example, seeing pink in the heart chakra area may mean that the person you’re looking at is experiencing strong feelings of love or compassion; seeing a blue halo around someone’s throat may mean that they are about to express their truth or something important to them.A few chakra colors may purely be related to physical and energetic manifestations in the human body. The most notable is red that sometimes mean that there’s inflammation. Dark grey spots might indicate a strong deficiency or disturbance in the energy field.
There are 7 major Chakra centers of the physical body, where vital energy flows and intersects. Through our Chakras, we transmit and receive physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. The chakras are manifested in one’s physical state. The ideal is to have all chakra centers clear, balanced, and vitalized for optimal well-being. The chakra system goes back to ancient eastern masters. Each chakra is associated with a particular area of the body and a color of the spectrum. Stones are used at chakra centers for clearing, revitalizing, and healing. Crystal wands are utilized to open the chakras. Generally, the selection of stones correspond with the associated color of the chakra.
Base (or Root Chakra)1 – The Muldhara chakra or Base chakra, which is located at the Perineum/Prostrate and associated with the testes/ovaries. This is also called the Root chakra, and if the root is weak, the tree will also be weak. This chakra controls the whole physical body. The cosmic colour is Red. It’s colour is red and it is located at the perineum, base of your spine. It is the Chakra closest to the earth. It’s function is concerned with earthly grounding and physical survival. This Chakra is associated with your legs, feet, bones, large intestine and adrenal glands. It controls your fight or flight response. Blockage may manifest as paranoia, fear, procrastination and defensiveness.The emotion that affects the functions of the Muldhara chakra control is fear. One of the gems that can heal and energise that Muldhara chakra is the Natural Ruby, the gem of the King of all planets and the planet that is associated with strength – Sun.
Chakra 2 – The Sacral (or Navel Chakra) – The Swadhithana chakra or the sacral chakra, which is located at the Sacrum/Coccyx and is associated with the pancreas. This chakra controls and energizes the sexual functions and organs. The cosmic color is Orange and it is located between the base of your spine and your navel. It is associated with your lower abdomen, kidneys, bladder, circulatory system and your reproductive organs and glands. It is concerned with emotion. This chakra represents desire, pleasure, sexuality, procreation and creativity. Blockage may manifests as emotional problems, compulsive or obsessive behavior and sexual guilt.The emotion that affects the functions of the Swadhithana chakra is Guilt . One of the gems that can energize and optimize this chakra is a Natural Pearl, the gem of the planet of the Mind and soul and emotions – Moon.
Chakra 3 – The Solar Plexus – The MANIPURA chakra or the Solar Plexus chakra, which is located at the region of the Adrenal glands/Navel Area. This chakra is responsible for the upward flow of energies, and controls blood pressure. The cosmic colour is Yellow and is located a few inches above the navel in the solar plexus area. This chakra is concerned with your digestive system, muscles, pancreas and adrenals. It is the seat of your emotional life. Feelings of personal power, laughter, joy and anger are associated with this centre. Your sensitivity, ambition and ability to achieve are stored here. Blockage may manifest as anger, frustration, lack of direction or a sense of victimisation.The emotion that affects the smooth functioning of this chakra is Shame. One of the gems that can energise and heal this chakra is an Organic Red Coral, the gem of the planet of youth and energy and the strength of the zodiac – Mars.
Chakra 4 – The Heart – The ANAHATA chakra or the heart chakra, which corresponds with the Thymus gland located at the chest/Heart area. This chakra has the ability to manifest all that your soul desires, and is associated with love and compassion. The cosmic color is Green and it is located within your heart. It is the center of love, compassion, harmony and peace. The Asians say that this is the house of the soul. This Chakra is Associate with your lungs, heart, arms hands and thymus gland. We fall in love through our heart Chakra, then that feeling of unconditional love moves to the emotional centre commonly known as the solar plexus. After that it moves into the sexual centre or Base Chakra where strong feelings of attraction can be released. When these energies move into the Base Chakra we may have the desire to marry and settle down. Blockage can show itself as immune system , lung and heart problems, or manifest as inhumanity, lack of compassion or unprincipled behavior.The emotion that disturbs this chakra is Sorrow . One of the healing gemstone for this chakra is a Natural Emerald, the gem for the planet of Communication – Mercury.
Chakra 5. The Throat – The VISHUDDA chakra of the throat chakra, which corresponds with the Thyroid gland/Throat and neck area. This chakra is associated with the judgement of right and wrong, creativity and self-expression, truth and lies. The cosmic color is Blue or turquoise and is located within the throat. It is the Chakra of communication, creativity, self-expression and judgement. It is associated with your Neck, shoulders, arms, hands, thyroid and parathyroid glands. It is concerned with the senses of inner and outer hearing, the synthesizing of ideas, healing, transformation and purification. Blockage can show up as creative blocks, dishonesty or general problems in communicating ones needs to others.The emotion that upsets the flow of energy through this chakra is Lies. One of the gems that can correct this is the Natural Yellow Sapphire, the gem of the planet of Truth and Justice – Jupiter.
Chakra 6 – The Third Eye (or Brow Chakra) – The AJNA chakra or brow chakra, which is linked to the Pineal gland/Third eye area. This Ajna means command. It is also the point where Shiva and Shakti become one. The cosmic colour is Indigo (a combination of red and blue). It is located at the center of your forehead at eye level or slightly above. This Chakra is used to question the spiritual nature of our life. It is the Chakra of question, perception and knowing. It is concerned with inner vision, intuition and wisdom. Your dreams for this life and recollections of other lifetimes are held in this Chakra. Blockage may manifest as problems like lack of foresight, mental rigidity, ‘selective’ memory and depression.The emotion that interrupts the flow of energy through this chakra is illusion or Maya . And one of the gemstones that help to clear the blockages of this chakra is a Natural Diamond/White Sapphire, the gem of the planet of beauty and luxury – Venus.
Chakra 7 – The Crown – The SAHASRARA chakra or the Crown chakra, associated with the Pituitary gland/Top of the head area. This is the chakra where the Kundalini is united with the cosmic energy. The cosmic color is Violet and is located at the top of your head. It is associate with the cerebral cortex, central nervous system and the pituitary gland It is concerned with information, understanding, acceptance and bliss. It is said to be your own place of connection to God, the Chakra of Divine purpose and personal destiny. Blockage can manifest as psychological problems.The emotion that blocks this union is attachment, and one of the gemstones that help to remove these blockages is Natural Blue Sapphire, the gem of the Karmic planet – Saturn.
Choosing a chakra stone –First, you can check the set of stones typically associated with each chakra in the list below. Note that the chakras can have several stones and you will need to determine which one works best for you and in which circumstance.
You may also use your intuition or intuitive perception to pick your healing stone. For that, use the intuitive sense or senses that are most developed for you. You may look at stones and see which ones are most appropriate because of their glow. You may feel the energy of the stone by hovering over it with your hand and feeling a tingling or heating sensation. Or you may just know which one to choose when you need it.Using stones for healing the chakras. There are many ways to use chakra stones for healing. Once you’ve chosen the stone you want to use in chakra healing, place it near or on the chakra location on the body. A laying down position is easier for working with chakra crystals. However, you may use a stone while you’re standing or sitting by simply holding it in your hands or wearing it as jewelry on a pendent, in your pocket, or any piece of clothing like a bra that will keep it close to your body.
Focus on activating the resonance between the stone and your chakras with the power of your intention, meditation, or simply relax knowing you have the support of chakra stones to harmonize frequencies.Most crystals and gemstones, rough or cut, on their own or in jewelry, will pick up negative or unwanted energies over time. They are a bit like sponges absorbing and reacting to the environment’s energies. Some that don’t absorb energies and thus do not need clearing are citrine, kyanite, azeztulite, and Melody’s Stone aka Super Seven.
Don’t forget to cleanse or recharge your stones before and after using them. For that, there are many methods including leaving them under water or salt water for a little while (use caution with salt water as some crystals are sensitive to it), leaving them under the sun or the moon light for the day or the night, smudging them with sage, burying them in the soil for an extended period of time for more intense regeneration.
There are many methods in use today for cleaning gemstones and crystals in order to increase the effects of their metaphysical energies.Stones are believed to have an extensive memory, remembering where they’ve been, who they’ve touched, and all forces and energies that have surrounded them. A stone can pass onto others any energy that it has stored within it. Periodically, stones need to be cleansed of any unwanted energies that they may have collected from you, from others, or from the environment.Don’t forget to cleanse or recharge your stones before and after using them. For that, there are many methods including leaving them under water or salt water for a little while (use caution with salt water as some crystals are sensitive to it), leaving them under the sun or the moon light for the day or the night, smudging them with sage, burying them in the soil for an extended period of time for more intense regeneration.Healing stones must be cleansed prior to use. Cleansing dispels all the bad energy that is absorbed by the stone so it is refreshed. If you’re unsure how to cleanse stones, there are numerous recommendations and guides online.
Sometimes a stone or crystal you are strongly drawn to doesn’t feel good, or a stone that felt good previously doesn’t feel good now. The stone or crystal may need to be cleared. Clearing is necessary before using any stone for healing.
There are many ways to cleanse a stone. Which method you choose should be based upon the type of stone, how much time you have, and what tools are readily available to you. Once again, let your intuition be your guide.Natural forces, such as the elements of nature (fire, water, earth, and air), the sun, the moon, and plants, are very effective in cleansing stones of negative energies. Stones respond to the intentions of their users, so it is important that while you are actively cleansing your stone, no matter which method you use, you hold in your mind the intention of carrying away unwanted energies to a place where they can do no harm, and your desire to re-energize the stone with positive energies.
Methods for cleansing
Crystals and stones that are used for crystal healing or energy work should be cleared and cleansed of negative energy prior to any the work. You will also find that clearing stones makes them more cheerful and positive to have around.The clearer the energy of a healing stone, the more powerful it is. Crystals and healing gemstones need to be cleared as soon as they are purchased as well as clearing after every healing. A cleared, ready crystal feels positive and bright, tingly and cold to the touch. A crystal that needs clearing may feel hot, heavy or drained. There are a number of ways to effectively clear crystals and gemstones.
Cleansing can be done using just one of these methods or a combination of them, such as the four elements, or light and quartz, or plants and breath, or smudging and visualization and sound, just to name a few of many possibilities. Combinations typically include using anywhere from two to five different methods.
All cleansing methods are compatible with each other; so use whatever combination feels right for you and your stone. Using a combination of methods is especially good for cleansing new stones, clearing stones for programming, and cleansing and recharging heavily drained stones. Combinations cleanse the stones more effectively and sometimes more quickly.
Fire – carefully pass the stone through the flame of a candle several times until you intuitively feel it has been cleared. The fire will burn away any negative energy. (Always use care when dealing with fire to ensure safety for yourself and environment).While focusing your intention and verbally praying or asking for the clearing of your crystal, pass it quickly through the flame of a white candle. Be sure to move it quickly enough to prevent overheating or damage to the crystal. Repeat until the energy of the crystal feels clear.
Smudging – A quick way to cleanse your healing stones is to smudge them with 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. I usually do this a couple times to ensure cleansing. I also like to cleanse my stones by smudging after every healing.Smudging – carefully pass the stone through the smoke of a white sage smudge stick several times until you intuitively feel it has been cleared. It’s also a much quicker way to clear crystals than any of the above methods. To smudge them, pass you stone several times through the smoke of burning cedar, sage, sweet grass, or incense. You can also use a mist spray of essential oil of white sage if you are sensitive to burning smudge materials. Just keep in mind that much water is bad for some crystals, though a fine mist is much less water than most water methods.Smudge the stone on all sides with a sage smudge stick, or with dried sage or cedar, or pass it through the smoke of sandalwood or sage incense. Sage is a very effective cleanser, neutralizing negative energy and transmuting it into positive energy.
Water – rinse the stone in moving water. This can be done in one of three ways: by holding the stone in a river or brook (placing it into a mesh bag will make it easier to hold onto) for several minutes,by leaving it out in the rain for several hours,by holding it under the faucet for several minutes.The water will wash away negative energy and return it to the Earth where it can be neutralized.Do not use water on soft stones such as angelite, some calcites, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite, malachite, selenite, sulphur, etc. as it may dissolve the stone to a greater or lesser degree.COOL rainwater, filtered or in great need even tap water: For a quick clearing, you can run your stones under cool water. Hot, very cold, or warm water can fracture some crystals and stones. You can also use any water filtered with Shungite to clear other crystals, as an energetically positive way to filter water. Again, as with salt water, be sure that your crystals are not prone to water damage, before putting them in water.
Sea salt – the most common method of cleansing stones is with water and sea salt. You can do this by placing the stone in a mesh bag and rinsing it in the ocean for several minutes, or by soaking the stone for several hours in a glass of water with a pinch of sea salt. Salt may damage the finish on some stones. Water may damage soft or friable stones. Placing a stone in dry sea salt (without the water) may damage its electromagnetic field.Crystals can be placed in dry, coarse sea salt for up to 24 hours to clear them. They can also be stored in sea salt to keep them from picking up energies from their surroundings. In humid areas, using sea salt can sometimes cause the same problems as salt water. It can also get stuck in the crevices of clusters and eventually combine with water in the air and split the cluster.Salt water can get into the structure of some crystals and stones and cause them to break. That breakage sometimes doesn’t happen immediately, but the weakened structure may break later. Some stones that don’t do well in salt water are calcite, carnelian, halite, hematite, labradorite/spectrolite, lepidolite, lodestone (magnetite), mica, moldavite, opal, turquoise, ulexite, clusters of most stones, and there are surely more. When you do use salt water, do so cautiously and don’t leave your crystals in it longer than absolutely necessary.
Light – place a stone in bright sunlight, either outside or on a windowsill, for at least an hour. Solar energy may be too violent for some stones, having been formed within the Earth devoid of any light. Over time, sunlight may fade the color of some stones. An alternate, and gentler, method is to place the stone in moonlight for at least one night under a full moon, longer if the moon is not full.Place your gems, crystals, pendulums, jewelry, all types of objects, in a place where they will be fully exposed to the energizing rays of the sun and moon. Even if the day is cloudy or you cannot see the moon, their rays will energize the stones as long as they are directly exposed to these elements of nature. They will normally be cleansed within 24 hours of exposure. However, stones such as black tourmaline which are being used to deflect negative energies or help release negative energies in your physical and energetic bodies, may require up to 48 hours to become fully cleansed and regenerated.Stones such as aquamarine and amethyst will fade in the sun so you will have to use another method for cleansing and regenerating these gemstones. While focusing your intention and verbally praying or asking for the clearing of your crystal, pass it quickly through the flame of a white candle. Be sure to move it quickly enough to prevent overheating or damage to the crystal. Repeat until the energy of the crystal feels clear.
Sound – produce a tone using a bell, chime, or tuning fork. Repeat the sound until the stone’s energies feel cleansed. A pure tone will reset a stone’s vibration to one that cannot hold negative energy. Use a melodic gong, Tibetan prayer bells, a bell, chanting OM to clear unwanted energies from your crystal.Hold the crystal and sound the gong, etc next to it, passing the crystal through the sound waves to clear it.A crystal singing bowl may be used to cleanse your crystals. There are two ways to do this. If the stones are small you may put them into the crystal singing bowl.The lovely crystal bowl music is very powerful and the sounds emitted by the bowl will resonate throughout the room.As the strong vibration of the pure crystalline sound of your crystal singing bowl fills the crystals, it will drive out any negative energy. The sound will lift the vibration of any of your crystals that are close by, and the room will also be filled with good vibrations as well. I love playing my crystal bowl to lift the vibration of my home, as it resonates a powerful energy into its surroundings.
Visualization – visualize a column of pure white or golden light coming down and surrounding the stone. Imagine it cleansing and transmuting the stone’s negative energies into positive ones. Visualization combined with intention is another force powerful enough to cleanse stones. Again, listen to your intuition.
Quartz cluster – place the stone on large clear quartz cluster or bag of crystal chips for at least one full day. Clear quartz is excellent for magnifying, focusing, and, in this case, transmuting energy. You can place the gems, crystals, jewelry, pendulums etc. you would like to cleanse on another crystal, preferably a large, and I mean large, quartz crystal cluster. This will clear negative energies and will re-energize your crystals. However, you must cleanse and re-energize the large quartz crystal cluster regularly to ensure it retains its cleansing and re-energizing powers. Some people believe that negative energies can be cleansed off pieces of jewelry by placing this jewelry on an amethyst stone. I find that this approach has very limited results, depending on the amount of negative energy on the jewelry and the energy of the amethyst. Some stones will clear the negative or unwanted energies from other stones. Some stones that work well for this are quartz crystal clusters, amethyst clusters, carnelian, kyanite, and selenite. Place the stone to be cleared on a the “clearing” stone, and leave for 24-48 hours.
Pyramid – leave the stone under a glass pyramid for several days. The energy produced by a pyramid has the ability to neutralize any negative energy that is placed within it.
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 any time works. The amount of time used varies with the sensitivity of the healer and the amount of material from which the stone needs cleansing. Try hanging your gemstone necklaces in a tree where the moonlight can cleanse them.
The rays of the sun and moon are energetically very clearing and energetically cleansing, as well as energizing. Placing your stones outside preferably or in a window where they can soak up the sunlight or moonlight for a day/night to a week is very beneficial. Do be careful though, as some the colors of some stones may fade in the sun. A few of the stones that will fade in the sun are amethyst, celestite, opal, and turquoise. If you have any doubts at all, be sure to use only moonlight cleansing.
Ask the Divine or Pray: This a simple ritual, but it can work wonderfully. Simply ask the Divine (God/Goddess/Universe/etc.) to clear and energetically cleanse your crystal for you. Form your request with specific intent and ask in a meditative or prayerful frame of mind. Something like “O Great Divine, please clear all unwanted or negative energies from this crystal for the best and highest good of all concerned. Thank you. Amen.” would be a good specific request. The details should be changed to fit your own beliefs and needs.
– Other methods – Burying your crystal in a cupful of dried herbs will also clear it. Suggested herbs for this are rose petals, sage, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood. You can usually find these at low cost at many co-ops or herb stores. This is a gentle way to clear crystals, and a pleasant way, but it does take longer than sea salt.
Crystals may also be buried into the Earth. This is especially helpful when you feel deep cleansing is needed. Outdoors, simply dig a hole the size of your crystal into the Earth, place your crystal again point down, and cover with soil. The amount of time needed is personal choice. Be sure to place a Popsicle stick or some other marker to insure you fine your stone again!!! For apartment dwellers, use a flower pot to bury your stone in.
Earth – bury the stone in the ground for one full day, placing a marker over it so as to be able to find it later, or bury the stone in a pot of ground soil. (Do not use potting soil as it has been treated.) The soil will absorb negative energy, disperse it, and transmute it into positive energy. Stones feel very comfortable in the earth as it is where they formed and grew. As creepy as it may sound to those of us who grew up watching horror movies, burying crystals and stones is very cleansing and healing for them. You can bury them in the Earth for 3 days to a week, either in your yard or in a flower pot. Be sure that if you bury your crystals in the yard that you mark the spot. You don’t want to have to dig up half the yard to find your stones again.
Plants – place the stone in a flower pot with one of your plants for several hours. Just as live plants purify the air; they can also purify stones as well, transmuting negative energy into positive energy. If you do not have a plant available, an alternate method is to bury the stone in a glass of dried sage or cedar for a full day. The herbs will absorb the negative energies. After use, burn the herbs, or bury them in the Earth, or discard them in a river or creek. Do not reuse them.Flower Water: You can also clear crystals and stones in flower water. Soak the stone or crystal in water with the petals of rose, honey suckle, orange blossoms, jasmine or others for 24 hours. You can also use prepared flower water such as pure rosewater. Again, the same cautions apply regarding stones that don’t do well in water.
The Sacred Breath– Some like to use this method of ‘blowing away’ any negativity from the stone, simply hold the stone in your hand and blow on it, while blowing ask your higher self to cleanse the crystal.
Finally, if you are in a hurry and feel that your crystal needs to be cleared, you can easily run them under cool tap water. Make sure the points are facing down the drain to run the negative energy right down the sin. Never use warm or hot water which will damaged,fractured or break your crystals. Visualize the crystal as sparkly, tingly, cold, and belonging to the healer.
Third Eye Breathing: In a quiet, private place, ground yourself and start breathing slowly. Visualize yourself breathing white light in through your Third Eye chakra and back out. Hold the crystal in your hand at Third Eye level and breathe white light from your Third Eye to the crystal with the intention of clearing unwanted and negative energies. Repeat at least 3 times, more if the crystal does not feel cleared after the third time.
Breath – hold the stone to your heart while inhaling. Then bring the stone to your mouth and exhale your breath onto it. Repeat several times, always keeping in mind your intention of cleansing the stone of all negative energies. Your breath (the Breath of Life), combined with your intention, is a powerful enough force to cleanse a stone of negative energy. Your intuition will tell you when the cleansing is complete.
Programming and dedicating
After you choose and clear your gemstone or crystal, you should dedicate and program it. This is a very simple process. Hold the stone in your hand, or touch it if it is too large to hold, and sense its energy. With the stone newly cleared, the energy will feel stronger and even more appealing than before. As you sense this energy and appreciate it, ask quietly to be connected to the energy of the crystal or gem. Though not animate, stones are living things and the energy of the piece is the stone’s life force energy. Remember that every living thing including gemstones is a part of Goddess, and stones are part of the Earth. You may or may not be aware of the stone’s living presence.The purpose of programming a crystal or gemstone is to focus its abilities on something you specifically need, thereby magnifying the stone’s intent through your own. The purpose of dedicating the stone to a high level healing energy or Goddess (God) is to protect it from negative energy. A crystal or stone that is programmed and dedicated in these ways becomes much more powerful and useful as a tool.
This is a very simple process. Hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and sense its energy. Sit down in a quiet place with your stone or crystal cupped in your hands. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, taking deep, slow, regular breaths. Center your inner energy on your purpose and allow your attention to follow. Now focus on your crystal and sense its energy. Visualize a ray of pure white light beaming down from the Cosmos and surrounding your crystal. Visualize also the golden grounding energy of the Earth surrounding your crystal as well. Visualize the two lights swirling around each other. Feel the Light of the Cosmos and the energy of the Earth co-mingling, harmonizing, and balancing each other.Feel yourself filling up with a sense of love and positive energy, and direct this energy out from yourself and into your stone. Make a statement (a dedication) in your mind that the crystal will only be used for the highest good. Now open your eyes and gaze at your stone for awhile, keeping your mind focused on that intent. In your mind, direct that intention into your stone.
With the stone being newly cleared, the energy will feel stronger and even more appealing that before. As you sense this energy and appreciate it, ask quietly to be connected to the energy of the crystal or gemstone. Though not animate, stones are living things and the energy of the piece is the stone’s life-force energy. Once you feel you have sensed what you can from the energy, think of what you will be using the stone for. Think of these uses, then quietly ask the gemstone if it is willing to act in the way you wish. The crystals energy may increase with a yes or seem to disappear with a no. If the stone accepts your intent, state in your mind that it be so. Once a stone is programmed, it will hold its intent until you or someone else reprograms it.You may also wish to dedicate your stone to a specific entity, such as a healing goddess (f.e., Isis, Diana, White Buffalo Calf Woman) or a goddess of protection (f.e., Hecate, Kali). Stones may also be dedicated to an entity that protects and guides you, such as a saint, your guardian angel, your spirit guide, your totem animal, or the Great Spirit.
Once the dedication is finished, you can move directly onto the next step, which is to program the stone.The purpose of programming a crystal or gemstone is to focus its abilities on something you specifically need, thereby magnifying the stone’s intent through your own. The purpose of dedicating the stone to a high-level healing energy or Goddess is to protect it from interference from negativity. A crystal or stone that is programmed and dedicated in these ways becomes much more powerful and useful as a tool.
To prevent any negative energy from attaching itself to your crystal you may with to dedicate it. To do this, simply hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and state clearly in your mind: “Only the most positive high-level energy may work through this healing tool”. Focus on your intent for awhile, then end your sensing (meditation) with “SO BE IT”. The stone is now dedicated.
You may also choose to dedicate your gemstone or crystal to a specific healing energy, for example, to a Goddess of healing. There are many healing goddesses, including Isis, Yemaya, Diana, and White Buffalo Calf Woman. For stones programmed for protection, Hecate or Kali are strong protection Goddesses.
Use Chakra Stones
Chakra stones’ healing properties and meanings are unique to each stone. It’s important to remember that all stones and crystals possess their own vibration frequency. To dispel chakra blockages and promote balance, you must use stones with a vibration frequency that matches the chakra you are wanting to heal.The most common technique for using chakra stones is known as the “Laying on of Stones,” It involves placing cleansed and charged healing stones on the body’s specific energy centers for a period of time.The use of chakra stones for chakra balancing can help you acquire energy balance that is essential to your overall emotional and physical well-being.Chakra stones’ healing properties and meanings are unique to each stone. It’s important to remember that all stones and crystals possess their own vibrational frequency. To dispel chakra blockages and promote balance, you must use stones with a vibrational frequency that matches the chakra you are wanting to heal.The most common technique for using chakra stones is known as the “Laying on of Stones,” It involves placing cleansed and charged healing stones on the body’s specific energy centers for a period of time.A healing crystal, multiple stones or gemstones may be placed upon each chakra. It is essential to lay stones of corresponding chakra color in the area that needs attention. Also, try to use healing stones with the same meaning as your intent, such as amethyst to dispel negativity or quartz to promote balance.
List of chakra stones
Chakra stones activate or amplify the energy of the chakras. Here’s a list to help you chose your healing crystal depending on the chakra you’re focusing on:
- Root chakra stones: Bloodstone, tiger’s eye, hematite, agate, black tourmaline red Garnet ,smoky quartz ,black obsidian
- Sacral chakra stones: Citrine, carnelian, moonstone, core, carnelian
orange calcite, tiger’s eye, citrine,
- Third chakra stones: Malachite, calcite, citrine, topaz, golden calcite
- Heart chakra stones: Rose quartz, jade, green calcite, green tourmaline, rose quartz ,kunzite ,watermelon tourmaline, jade,
- Throat chakra stones: Lapis lazuli, turquoise, aquamarine, azurite ,
- Third eye chakra stones: Amethyst, purple fluorite, black obsidian, lapis, blue fluorite, sugilite ,clear quartz
- Crown chakra stones: Selenite, clear quartz, amethyst, diamond, amethyst, Oregon opal, clear quartz
How do healing stones work?
Crystal healing is based on the belief that stones or crystals have a natural healing frequency that can be activated to contribute to moving or balancing energy around them. In the case of chakra stones, the vibration signature of each crystal corresponds or resonates with specific chakras.
One may use intention and the intuition to activate the healing power of the stones. Active imagination or visualizations could help in accessing the space in which one can use stones or crystals in combination with chakra healing.
Energy is channeled and magnified through the crystal. It then affects or enters in resonance with the vibration or frequency of the chakra you’re focusing on.
Where to Place Chakra Stones on the Body
Position stones beginning with the root chakra and move upward to help direct energy flow. If energy needs to be ushered upward toward the crown, all stones (especially those that come to a single point) are placed so they’re pointing “up.”
Place stones on each of the energy centers, such as:
Top of head — crown chakra
Forehead — Third Eye chakra
Throat — throat chakra
Heart — heart chakra
Navel — solar plexus chakra
Pelvic area — sacral chakra
Groin or feet area — root chakra
You may also promote chakra balance by placing cleansed and charged healing stones near you — such as on your pillow as you rest.Similarly, placing healing and chakra stones around your home can serve a dual purpose. Not only can these decorations be aesthetically pleasing, they can help dispel residual negativity and promote positive energy in the environment.Another popular way to use chakra stones is to wear them as jewelry.
You’ve probably seen amethyst or quartz talismans and pendants. Wearing heart chakra stones as jewelry, such as a necklace so they lay close to your heart, can help facilitate heart chakra balance.
The technique of using crystals and gemstones on the receiver’s body for healing is called laying on of stones. It is a powerful method of cleansing negative energy, clearing and balancing the chakras, effecting emotional release, and bringing light and healing into all the aura bodies. Cleared, programmed, and dedicated stones move the receiver’s vibration into alignment with the planet and the universal grid. This results in a freeing of life force energy in the chakras and aura, a healing of the Body of Light, and a transformation of negative or dis-ease into health.
The process may be done with clear quartz crystals only, colored gemstones only, or a combination of both. The stones may be used alone or with a hands on healing (ie;Reiki). The stones are placed upon the receiver’s body from feet to head. The healer then begins using her hands as usual starting at the head and moving toward the feet. (Use gemstones with colors matching each chakra’s color. The stones can be in any form—faceted, raw, tumbled, eggs, or beads.) Energy in this type of healing needs to move in one direction through the body, either Earth to sky or sky to Earth. If the energy is Earth to sky, all the gemstones that have points are placed with the points turned towards the receiver’s crown. The effect of this direction is to move the receiver’s energy to a higher vibration or more spiritual level. If the direction is from sky to Earth, it is the opposite, with the crystals pointing toward the feet. This direction moves life force energy from crown to feet for grounding and rooting into Earth.
To begin, the receiver lies on her back on a padded floor or massage table, with pillows under her head and knees for comfort. The space should be quiet, comfortable, and warm. Use only stones that have been dedicated to positive energy and programmed for healing. Invite spirit guides and angels into the session if you wish.
Start by placing a clear quartz crystal above her head and below her feet. In the right hand place another crystal and in the left hand place a rose quartz gemstone. (my personal method). Then go chakra by chakra, moving from the feet to crown and placing the appropriate colored gemstone for each center. (Be sure you have your healing stones spread out where you can reach them easily.) There may be stones that you are drawn to for a particular reason, let yourself be guided, there are no real rules. You cannot do it wrong. A stone that is not needed for the session or is inappropriate for the receiver’s energy will roll right off or roll to another place where it is better utilized. Allow this to occur. If the receiver feels uncomfortable with a particular stone, remove it, the energy is not right for her needs.
When the stones are all in place, the healer has two options. She (he) can go to the head and begin a hands on healing. Be sure to cover the stones with your hands carefully in order not to scatter the gemstones. While your hands are covering each chakra over the stone, visualize the bright color of the gemstone entering the chakra, making it appear bright, balanced, centered, and healthy. Do this visualization until you feel confident to move to the next chakra. Be sure to flick fingers to release any negative energy before going to the next center. End with a complete brushing of the aura.
The other option a healer has once the stones are placed is to sit beside the receiver and simply wait, allowing the gemstones and spirit guides to do the healing. As the receiver’s chakras and aura absorb and are balanced by the crystal and gem energies, the stones begin to roll off one by one. When all the stones are off, or the receiver feels finished with those that remain, the healing is over. End with a complete brushing of the aura and allow the receiver to lie quietly without the stones. Ask for feedback and discuss anything that you feel should be discussed. While she is doing this, the healer can gather up the stones from the table or floor and clear them again before putting them away. Put them into your protective box.
A laying on of stones healing can be quite intense. There is often a major energy shift during this type of healing. More frequent emotional releases, past life and this life trauma openings and other transformative events. The healers role in this is to wait for the release to end and to be entirely non-judgmental. After a session, there may also be a physical detoxification process that can continue for up to a week. Be aware of what is happening and again, allow it. The changes are always positive and are usually gentle.
Where to Buy Healing Stones
If you are lucky enough to have a local shop that sells healing stones and chakra stones, by all means take advantage of it. Other places to find healing stones include:
- stone dealer (who specializes in precious and semi-precious stones)
- antique shops
- nature shops that specialize in fossils, stones and crystals
However, if you can’t buy locally, shopping online is the next best thing. There are numerous sites out there that specialize in chakra stones, so shop around!