Chakras-How to use stones and crystals-Laying on of Stones.
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Welcome to your journey of crystal healing. You found this page because you have been awakened to the possibilities that crystals will may help you to move forward in your life in a positive light. It is very easy to start working with crystals and gemstones, the main thing you should keep in mind is that 'intention' is everything! With pure intention and a positive attitude you can not only heal the inner child and issues that are preventing you from being all that you can, but will also work on physical ailments as well. The first place to start is to take a close look at the crystal images I offer here at Avalon Crystals. If any of them jump out at you, it is a good sign that you need this particular crystal energy at this point in your journey. Once you decide on a crystal, you will have to do a few things in order to use them. I have created this page as a guide to the chakras and the healing art of laying on of stones, I am sure you will find it very helpful.
WHAT ARE CHAKRAS?
The word 'chakra' is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning 'wheel'.
If we were able to see the chakras (as many psychics, in fact, do) we would observe a wheel of energy continuously revolving or rotating. Clairvoyants perceive chakras as colorful wheels or flowers with a hub in the center. The chakras begin at the base of the spine and finish over the top of the head. Though fixed in the central spinal column they are located on both the front and back of the body, and work through it.
Each chakra vibrates and rotates at different speeds. The root or first chakra rotates at the slowest speed, the crown or seventh chakra at the highest. Each chakra is stimulated by its own and complimentary color, and a range of gemstones for specific uses. The chakra colors are of the rainbow; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. The size and brightness of the wheels vary with individual development, physical condition, energy levels, disease, or stress.
If the chakras are not balanced, or if the energies are blocked, the basic life force will be slowed down. The individual may feel listless, tired, out of sorts, or depressed. Not only will physical bodily functions be affected so diseases may manifest, but the thought processes and the mind may also be affected. A negative attitude, fear, doubt, etc. may preoccupy the individual.
A constant balance between the chakras promotes health and a sense of well being. If the chakras are opened to much, a person could literally short circuit themselves with too much universal energy going through the body.
If the chakras are closed, this does not allow for the universal energy to flow through them properly which may also lead to dis-ease.
Most of us react to unpleasant experiences by blocking our feeling and stopping a great deal of our natural energy flow. This affects the maturation and development of the chakras. Whenever a person blocks whatever experience he is having, he in turn blocks his chakras, which eventually become disfigured. When the chakras are functioning normally, each will be 'open', spinning clockwise to metabolize the particular energies needed from the universal energy field.
As already mentioned any 'imbalances' that exist within any chakra may have profound effects upon either our physical or emotional bodies. We are able to use our quartz crystals and gemstones to re-balance all our chakric centers and once the chakra has been properly balanced then our body will gradually return to normal.
The reason why crystals and gemstones are wonderful and powerful healing tools are because of what science calls its piezoelectric effect. (You can see this effect in the modern quartz watches). Crystals and gemstones respond to the electricity that is coursing through our body, and if the energy is sluggish, the constant electrical vibrations of the stones will help to harmonize, balance, and stimulate these energies.
THE SEVEN MAJOR CHAKRAS
Studying the individual chakras begins with the root chakra, called Muladhara in Sanskrit. The root chakra is located at the base of the spine at the tailbone in back, and the pubic bone in front. This center holds the basic needs for survival, security and safety. The root chakra is powerfully related to our contact with the Earth Mother, providing us with the ability to be grounded into the earthplane. This is also the center of manifestation.
When you are trying to make things happen in the material world, business or material possessions, the energy to succeed will come fro the first chakra.\
If this chakra is blocked an individual may feel fearful, anxious, insecure and frustrated. Problems like obesity, anorexia nervosa, and knee troubles can occur. Root body parts include the hips, legs, lower back and sexual organs. The colors used for this chakra are red, brown and black. The gemstones are Garnet, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, and Black Tourmaline. NOTE: A man's sexual organs are located primarily in his first chakra, so male sexual energy is usually experienced primarily as physical. A women's sexual organs are located primarily in her second chakra, so female sexual energy is usually experienced primarily as emotional. Both chakras are associated with sexual energy.
SECOND CHAKRA-BELLY (SACRAL)
The next chakra or second chakra is often referred to as the belly or (sacral). It is located two inches below the navel and is rooted into the spine. This center holds the basic needs for sexuality, creativity, intuition, and self-worth. This chakra is also about friendliness, creativity, and emotions. It governs peoples sense of self-worth, their confidence in their own creativity, and their ability to relate to others in an open and friendly way. It's influenced by how emotions were expressed or repressed in the family during childhood.
Proper balance in this chakra means the ability to flow with emotions freely and to feel and reach out to others sexually or not. If this chakra is blocked a person may feel emotionally explosive, manipulative, obsessed with thoughts of sex or may lack energy. Physical problems may include, kidney weakness, stiff lower back, constipation, and muscle spasms. Belly body parts include sexual organs (women), kidneys, bladder, and large intestine. The main color used with this chakra is orange. The gemstones are Carnelian Agate, Orange Calcite and Tigers Eye.
THIRD CHAKRA-SOLAR PLEXUS
The third chakra is referred to as the Solar Plexus. It is located two inches below the breastbone in the center behind the stomach. The third chakra is the center of personal power, the place of ego , of passions, impulses, anger and strength. It is also the center for astral travel and astral influences, receptivity of spirit guides and for psychic development. When the Third Chakra is out of balance you may lack confidence, be confused, worry about what others think, feel that others are controlling your life, and may be depressed.
Physical problems may include digestive difficulties, liver problems, diabetes, nervous exhaustion, and food allergies. When balanced you may feel cheerful, outgoing, have self-respect, expressive, enjoy taking on new challenges, and have a strong sense of personal power. The body parts for this chakra include the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and small intestine. The main color for this chakra is yellow. The gemstones are Citrine, Topaz, and Yellow Calcite.
The fourth chakra is referred to as the heart chakra. It is located behind the breast bone in front and on the spine between the shoulder blades in back. This is the center for love, compassion and spirituality. This center directs one's ability to love themselves and others, to give and to receive love. This is also the chakra connecting body and mind with spirit. Almost everyone today has a hard, hurt, or broken heart, and it is no accident that heart disease is the number one killer in America today. Deep heart hurts can result in aura obstructions called heart scars. When these scars are released, they raise a lot of old pain, but free the heart for healing and new growth. When this chakra is out of balance you may feel sorry for yourself, paranoid, indecisive, afraid of letting go, afraid of getting hurt, or unworthy of love.
Physical illnesses include heart attack, high blood pressure, insomnia, and difficult in breathing.
When this chakra is balanced you may feel compassionate, friendly, empathetic, desire to nurture others and see the good in everyone. Body parts for the fourth chakra include heart, lungs, circulatory system, shoulders, and upper back. The main colors used are pink and green. The gemstones are Rose Quartz, Kunzite, and Watermelon Tourmaline.
The fifth chakra is referred to as the Throat. It is located in the V of the collarbone at the lower neck and is the center of communication, sound, and expression of creativity via thought , speech, and writing. The possibility for change, transformation and healing are located here. The throat is where anger is stored and finally let go of.
When this chakra is out of balance you may want to hold back, feel timid, be quiet, feel weak, or can't express your thoughts.
Physical illnesses or ailments include, hyperthyroid, skin irritations, ear infections, sore throat, inflammations, and back pain. When this chakra is balanced you may feel balanced, centered, musically or artistically inspired, and may be a good speaker. Body parts for the fifth chakra are throat, neck, teeth, ears, and thyroid gland.
The main color used is light blue. The gemstones are Aquamarine and Azurite.
SIXTH CHAKRA-THIRD EYE
The sixth chakra is referred to as the Third Eye. It is located above the physical eyes on the center of the forehead. This is the center for psychic ability, higher intuition, the energies of spirit and light. It also assists in the purification of negative tendencies and in the elimination of selfish attitudes. Through the power of the sixth chakra, you can receive guidance, channel, and tune into your Higher Self.
When this chakra is not balanced you may feel non-assertive, afraid of success, or go the opposite way and be egotistical. Physical symptoms may include headaches, blurred vision, blindness, and eyestrain. When this chakra is balanced and open you are your own master with no fear of death, are not attached to material things, may experience telepathy, astral travel, and past lives. Sixth chakra body parts include the eyes, face, brain, lymphatic and endocrine system. The main colors are purple and dark blue. The gemstones are Amethyst, Sodalite, and Lapis Lazuli.
SEVENTH CHAKRA-THE CROWN
The seventh chakra is referred to as the Crown. It is located just behind the top of the skull. It is the center of spirituality, enlightenment, dynamic thought and energy. It allows for the inward flow of wisdom, and brings the gift of cosmic consciousness. This is also the center of connectedness with the Goddess (God), the place where life animates the physical body. The silver cord that connects the aura bodies extends from the crown.
The soul comes into the body through the crown at birth and leaves from the crown at death.
When this chakra is unbalanced there may be a constant sense of frustration, no spark of joy, and destructive feelings. Illnesses may include migraine headaches and depression. Balanced energy in this chakra may include the ability to open up to the Divine and total access to the unconscious and subconscious. The main colors for the crown are white and purple. The gemstones are Clear Quartz Crystal, Oregon Opal, and Amethyst.
THE EIGHTH CHAKRA-THE TRANSPERSONAL POINT is located several inches above the center of the head is the Transpersonal point. Place a hand there and a tingling sensation in the palm identifies the center. Its color is clear and is activated by selenite or zircon. Through the Transpersonal point the soul is manifested into matter, it carries the individual’s reasons to incarnate into this lifetime. Other names for this center include "Soul Star" and "Heavenly Chi".
CLEARING GEMSTONES AND CRYSTALS
Sometimes a stone or crystal you are strongly drawn to doesn't feel good, or a stone that felt good previously doesn't feel goo now. 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. 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.
A. SEA SALT- Sea salt is the most traditional purifying agent in psychic work and healing. It dispels any sort of dis-ease and negativity, and is a physical and psychic disinfectant. I feel it is the most accepted and probably the most powerful method of clearing crystals and stones. I highly recommend it for the initial cleansing of a new healing stone. **However, over use of this method may cause your stones to become dull and lifeless. Salt can be mixed with water or used dry. To use salt water, mix a tablespoon of sea salt in a glass or ceramic cup of cold water. Do not use plastic or metal containers. Place the stones in the solution and allow to soak overnight. To use dry salt, place the sea salt in a glass or non plastic container and bury the crystals with the points facing downward into the salt. Again, leave overnight. Sometimes a stone may take longer to clear, especially if it has been used in a deep, intense healing. If this is the case, leave another day or two in the sea salt. When clearing gemstone necklaces it is best to use the dry sea salt method. Be sure to use sea salt only, table salt contains aluminum and other chemicals. For those who live by the ocean, salt water can be brought from the beach in a jar, or gently wash them directly in the ocean.
B. 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. (I personally do not recommend ever placing your crystals and gemstones in the sunlight, many stones tend to fade their colors in the sun. Also internal fractures may cause your stone to crack or break if placed in the sun.)
OTHER METHODS THAT WORK WELL- 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.
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.
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 sink!!! NEVER USE WARM OR HOT WATER, THIS WILL FRACTURE OR BREAK YOUR CRYSTALS. Visualize the crystal as sparkly, tingly, cold, and belonging to the healer.
PROGRAMMING AND DEDICATING STONES
After you choose and clear your gemstone or crystal, it is a good idea to dedicate it or program it. 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. 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 deva of the crystal or gemstone. Though not animate, stones are living things and the deva 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.
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.
LAYING ON OF STONES
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, affecting 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. In some cases you may feel the stone has rolled off too soon, if your intuition is telling you the stone's job is not complete, gently replace it. 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. (If you could see chakras they would appear as luminous wheels, circles, or disks. Each chakra is brightly colored and are strung together like shiny beads all in a row from your feet to your head.) 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.
Amber- A major healing and protection stone.
Smoky Quartz- A powerful protection stone. Use for protection in business meetings and when you fear a psychic attack.
Black Tourmaline- Deflects negativity. Protects against negative energies entering from the outside.
Black Onyx- Protects while absorbing. Transforms negativity without storing it. Protection from accidents.
Hematite- Protection when traveling. Great for air travel; protects and aids jet lag.
Garnet- Protection for astral travel and nightmares.
Green Tourmaline- Protects the aura against negative forces.
Aqua- Used as a protection stone in sea travel. Protects vulnerability.
Sapphire- All protection stone great for all water protection, sailing, kyaking, etc.
Rutilated Quartz- Peace and protection. Protection on water and cruises.
Amethyst- Protects homes, rooms and self.
Other stones include- Malachite, Peridot, Turquoise, Fluorite, Tigers Eye, and Lapis Lazuli.
Protective Circle For Your Home
When I am away on business trips I like to know that my home is being protected. Protected from burglary and of course the storms of mother nature. Here is a simple way to make a permanent protective circle around your home. Things you will need: A sage bundle and your protection crystal. (the sage is used to cleanse your room/home of unwanted energies and the crystal is used to add protection). You will be doing this ritual indoors. First off it is good to ground and center yourself. Once you have done that it is time to light the sage bundle, get it smoking really good by blowing on it. Once the sage is smoking hold it in your hand and start to walk around your room in a counter clockwise direction. Blow smoke into each corner of your room as well as above and under doors and windows. Your room is not cleansed of unwanted energies.
The next step is to take your protection crystal ( I like to use a large Amethyst specimen) and program it for protection. You do this by holding it in your left hand, now take your right hand and place it over the top of the crystal. Say out loud something like "I dedicate this stone to protect my house and home, and so it is". Once you have programmed your protection crystal you simple hold it in your hands and walk around your room in a clockwise direction. Concentrate on forming a seal of protection that cannot be broken. That's all there is too it!!! Have fun with this exercise, you can also make a more elaborate ceremony if you wish, it is up to you.
Healing Stones for Men
Men have always been fascinated with gemstones and crystals. In ancient times carved crystal amulets offered protection from battle wounds, evil spirits, and poisoned wine. Polished gemstones were embedded into shields for protection during wartime and they drank out of goblets carved from Amethyst to prevent drunkenness! So it really is no surprise that today most of the lapidary (cutter and polisher of gemstones) are still men.
In today’s world most men prefer to use gemstones for personal adornment in jewelry, but there are more and more who are once again becoming interested as to the healing effects of their Ruby or Diamond ring they wear each day. Of course, men as well as women have issues that need to be healed, it is just much harder for them to talk about it. Some of these issues may be lack of self-esteem and power, stress related issues, health issues, lack of communication, and emotional issues. I truly feel if men allow themselves to heal with the power of gemstones and crystals they will have a much fuller and happier life.
If you are uncomfortable with wearing a crystal to work, simply hide it under your T-shirt or place it in your shirt or pants pocket wear it will go unnoticed. I also suggest placing a large crystal specimen in your office of business; after all, they are decorative objects! If someone asks, just tell him or her that your kid, niece or nephew is interested in geology! I will now go onto listing the gemstones that I feel will be beneficial to men for healing their issues.
Amethyst- Wonderful for transmuting all forms of negativity. A large plate of Amethyst crystals will protect you from hostility, great for the office! An amethyst crystal placed on the body or in a pocket will make you calm when feeling stressed. It is also helpful for headaches and arthritic pain.
Garnet- Great for strengthening physical and emotional energy. Provides the grounding needed to help with decision-making allowing thoughts to flow. Garnet stimulates life force by drawing energy into the body.
Hematite- Heals anger and rage, provides courage in the workplace, fosters peace and non-aggression and above all is very grounding. It is good to have a tumbled hematite to hold when feeling angry.
Jade- Opens and heals the heart, frees one from anger, selfishness and greed. Encourages service to the planet, soothes the emotions, encourages giving to others. Promotes trust in God/Goddess. Aids movement on one’s path.
Malachite- Detoxifies the emotional body, releases negative/painful emotions, and promotes wealth in business relationships. Preventive medicine for the heart and liver. Deep healing and cleansing.
Smoky Quartz- This crystal is used to prevent mood swings, aggressive behavior, and all types of negativity. Great for the man who is burned out, has a fear of failure, or who smokes or drinks due to stress. Smoky Quartz is called “The Emotional Balancer”.
I suggest at night to place your crystals on a nightstand or under your pillow. Remember to cleanse and recharge your crystals at least once a month for best results. You may wish to review my article on how use crystals and stones for healing.
Healing Stones for Children
In this article I will give you suggestions of healing stones that I feel are good for children. Children are very curious by nature, and many of them start rock collections at a very early age. I do not know if they look for rocks because they are somewhat intune to these energies or if they are just so close to the ground that they easily spot rocks. Whatever the reason there are many stones that are wonderful to use with children.
Rose Quartz is a good choice because it exhibits gentle positive vibrations which allow children to receive the love they may be missing. Rose Quartz is an all around great stone for issues of love.
Carnelian Agate encourages love between parents and children. Helps girls to appreciate their bodies while aiding creativity.
Tigers Eye teaches them to listen to their intuition while providing self-esteem. Promotes courage to do the right thing. A good protection stone while traveling.
Golden Calcite is another great stone for building self-esteem and also provides courage.
Pink Tourmaline is a good choice for children recovering from abuse. Brings deep comforting love energy. Transforms negative behavior into positive.
Hematite is highly protective and dispels negativity. Gives children strength and courage. Aids the child during time of divorce, helps them to understand that it is not their fault for this divorce. Note*
A great way for a small child to carry a healing stone with them is by tying a bead onto their shoelaces, they receive the healing energy and do not lose the stone!!