Crystals have captured the human imagination for thousands of years. Atlantis is said to have powered machines with crystals and to have even etched their records on them. Crystals have captured contemporary imagination as well and now we see crystals in many quintessential spaces – from the world of yoga to that of high-fashion.
So, why do we love crystals so much? Touching a crystal is a gift, partly due to its visual power. But the energy of a crystal is a gift onto itself. A crystal is a consciousness. When you enter a shop that purveys crystals, for choosing a crystal, is kind of like choosing a friend. Finding your crystal mate can feel almost as inexplicable as companionship is.
It is common today to have a personal stone. The personal stone may be associated with a zodiac sign or a birth month. It may be a gem stone that has been passed down in a family or even a favorite color. Your personal stone is one with which you feel a deep connection. It is said that all gems have vibrations, but not all work the same on people. To have the best benefits from a stone there must be a deep feeling for the stone.
Methods you can use to discover your personal Stone:
In early Ayervedic and Tantric texts, certain gems were related to specific parts of the body. Nine stones are related to the planets and nodes of the moon. This method is often used by people who are having problems with a body part.
All things in Nature are a combination of four elements – Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Transparent gemstones are connected to the energy of Yang and opaque gemstones with the energy of Ying. Therefore, transparent gemstones are connected with the elements of Fire and Air and opaque gemstones with the elements of Water and Earth.
Another Eastern method of choosing your stone is by finding the stones that are linked to your sign of the zodiac. In this system, there are stones that should be avoided for each sign.
In the West, as early as the fifth century AD, the twelve stones that adorned the breastplate of the Biblical Hebrew High Priest have been linked to the twelve zodiac signs, and later to the twelve months of the year.
Your instinctive reaction to various colors can help you to choose the right gemstone for you. Use the color method to find stones that will help you over longer periods of time, or for a particular purpose. Make sure you have a clear intention in mind when using this method.
1. Gather a collection of paper, cloth or stones in these colors: Red, Brown, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, White, Black, Gray.
2. Place your selection of colors or colored stones before you.
3. Close your eyes and allow your breathing to settle.
4. Intend that you will be drawn to a stone or color when you open your eyes.
5. The color or stone upon which your gaze has fallen is your personal stone.
Another popular way to choose a crystal is to look up a crystal for what you want to heal. A great place to start with this is seeking the crystal for the body part or Chakra that you think needs some extra love. Here’s a very brief guide to the seven chakras, for the specific benefit of crystal-choosing:
First Chakra (perineum, base of spine): protection, safety and comfort in your environment.
Second Chakra (low belly, sacrum): abundance, power, sexuality, courage.
Third Chakra (waist, solar plexus, bottom of the ribcage): inner-child-awakening, spontaneity, fun, joy, the ego, the will.
Fourth Chakra (heart, chest): love, self-love, acceptance, compassion for self and others.
Fifth Chakra (throat): communication, self-trust, channeling divine information.
Sixth Chakra (third eye, between the eyebrows): intuition, ability to meditate, mental purity and clarity.
Seventh Chakra (top of the head): This is the accumulation of all of the chakras and where we go up to contact the divine.
When you go into the shop, you can request to see some stones for a particular chakra, so you have some direction. Also, if you learn that a particular stone works a particular chakra, it’s great to put that stone on its associated body part (a second chakra stone on the low belly is bliss).
Some gemstones have qualities that seem to match your personality characteristics. These make useful personal stones. Another approach is to choose stones according to the qualities you want to develop in yourself. For example, if you have a hard time making decisions, you might choose a Fluorite.
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