- HOW DO GEMSTONES WORK? -
I’ve had a lifetime love affair with gemstones, and over the past 13-years, have had the opportunity to work with some amazingly powerful stones that have left a lasting impression on me, which makes me want to know more about how gemstones affect the human body and its energy systems.
One of the most interesting facts that I have found is that biophysicists now believe that our physical bodies (and the bodies of all living creatures) are made up of liquid crystals. Liquid crystals have the ability to arrange themselves with a degree of order far exceeding that found in ordinary liquids.
If we ourselves are made-up of liquid crystals it easy to imagine how the energy from gemstones could be received and translated on a cellular level into our bodies and the body’s energy systems. Not only does this mean that we can receive information from gemstones, but it also means that we can transmit energy into the stones to imprint them with our energy and intentions. Further, gemstones might be capable of holding the energy of our intentions, similar to how computer chips retain programming information. If crystallinity is indeed a property of both gemstones and humans, our interactions and communications with them becomes far more meaningful and powerful then ever thought possible.
Finding the appropriate gemstone for your healing journey…
The best way to find the appropriate gemstone for your healing journey is to first contemplate what kind of healing you desire (this is something that will likely change & evolve over time). Chances are, you already know where you would like some healing within your body/mind/heart…but if not, take a moment to contemplate where your healing journey could begin.
Each gemstone holds the vibrational frequency of at least 1 of the 5 Earthly elements:
Earth, Water, Fire, Wind (Air), and Storm (Ether)
(Read more about elements here)
The elemental properties of each gemstone are governed by their mineral composition. Each mineral vibrates within a specific band of frequency within the full electromagnetic spectrum of the planet. We can think of these frequencies like the colour band in a rainbow (although the colour of a stone doesn’t necessarily reveal its resonant frequency).
My recommendation is to look for your gemstone allies with an open mind and to feel your way to the appropriate match.
This process is meant to be fun and you may find that you learn something new about yourself along the way.
- THE STONES -
Chakras: Third Eye (6th), Ajna; Crown (7th), Sahasrara; Etheric (8th), above the head.
Key words: protection, purification, Divine connection, release of addictions
Spiritually: Amethyst facilitates meditation and engenders communion and communication with one's guides and angels. It assists one in surrendering to the Divine and assuming one's spiritual power as a creation of that Divine being. It opens and clears the third-eye and crown chakras, which in turn accelerates the development of intuitive and psychic abilities.
Emotionally: Amethyst can help one identify the root cause behind behaviours, habits and emotional patterns which create imbalance and disease. This powerful ally assists one in recognizing one's response-ability as a spiritual being having a physical experience. It can help those who are prone to disassociation or playing victim to recognize their inherent power and their ability to align their physical reality with their spiritual purpose. Amethyst is helpful for those who do not feel that they are native to the Earth plane, or who experience a constant longing for a 'home' on other worlds, systems, or dimensions.
Physically: Amethyst has traditionally been used to counter addictive behaviour and thought patterns. It lends clarity of mind and makes it more difficult for alcohol, drugs and other addictions to alter one's mood. It helps balance the nervous system and the brain. It can be used to help with symptoms of tinnitus, nerve disorders, or brain imbalances. Amethyst's energy also supports oxygenation in the blood, helping to improve the body's assimilation of oxygen and the elimination of waste gasses, especially when in combination with other high-iron content stones such as Hematite, or Magnetite.
Affirmation: 'I am purified, uplifted and protected through my connection with the Universe.'
Chakras: Throat (5th), Vissudha; Heart (4th), Anahata.
Key words: cooling, soothing, enhancement of clear communication
Spiritually: Aquamarine activates the throat chakra, facilitates communication of one's truth, soothes excessive fiery energies and promotes understanding between divergent viewpoints. It helps clear stagnant energy and assists one in releasing old patterns.
Emotionally: Aquamarine helps one release old emotional baggage and ego roles. It calms anger and hysteria, assists in releasing vengeful thoughts, and helps one see where one is perpetuating negative emotional patterns in relationships. It is useful for moving through grief.
Physically: Aquamarine is a cooling stone. It helps counter infection and is especially useful for laryngitis, strep throat or a sore throat. It supports the healing of inflammatory diseases of all types. It is soothing to eczema, hives, rosacea and psoriasis. Aquamarine quiets the nervous system. It can help one avoid outbreaks of herpes and it can help curb allergy symptoms.
Affirmation: 'I embody the yielding cooling power of water and express my truth with calm certainty.'
Chakras: Throat (5th), Vissudha; Third Eye (6th), Ajna.
Key words: calm, balance, centeredness, inner knowledge, communication
Spiritually: Blue Chalcedony helps with Divine communication, speech and channeling work. It assists in repairing the energy field and sealing leaks or holes.
Emotionally: For those experiencing frequent bouts with irrational anger, fear, panic and/or anxiety, Blue Chalcedony can assist in calming these emotional patterns and dissolving them in the energy field. For those who tend to speak before considering the impact of their words, this ally helps one become more conscious of one's words and the tone of one's voice.
Physically: Blue Chalcedony is a good all-around stone for throat chakra and physical throat health. It can help strengthen one's vocal apparatus and to help prevent or heal vocal strain. It is an excellent choice for soothing sore throats and throat infections.
Affirmation: 'I am at peace with myself and my world & the awareness of All that I am is ever-growing.'
Chakras: Root (1st); Muladhara; Sacral (2nd), Svadhisthana; Solar Plexus (3rd), Manipura.
Key words: manifestation, will, mental clarity, creativity
Spiritually: Natural Citrine is the great manifestor, allowing one to purify the manifestation channel and bring Divine energy into form through intention and action. It assists one in maintaining one's direction when the going gets difficult, or when obstacles appear in one's path.
Emotionally: Natural Citrine assists one in overcoming difficulty, maintaining effort through adversity, and taking decisive action to resolve difficult situations. It assists one in overcoming feelings of being undeserving of abundance.
Physically: Natural Citrine enhances physical stamina and energy, supports the endocrine system and encourages proper metabolism.
Affirmation: 'I open myself to the inspiration of my creative imagination, and through the strength of my will, align with Divine will to manifest my dreams.'
Key words: programmability, amplification of one’s intention, magnification of ambient energies, clearing, cleansing, healing and memory enhancement.
Spiritually: Clear Quartz encourages clarity on all levels. It can be used enhance the communications of guides and amplify psychic abilities. It acts to stimulate and open all chakras and energy pathways in the body, allowing for a more enlightened and expansive auric field.
Emotionally: Clear Quartz is emotionally neutral, but it will amplify any emotion with which it moves into resonance.
Physically: Clear Quartz stimulates the nervous system and the growth of hair and fingernails. It can assist in removing adhesions in the connective tissue.
Affirmation: '‘I am clear. Crystal clear'
Chakra: Heart (4th), Anahata.
Key words: love, compassion, healing, abundance
Spiritually: Emerald connects one to the frequency of Divine Love, compassion and true appreciation for all of one's experiences and creations. It is powerful for shifting scarcity consciousness to prosperity consciousness, developing one's trust that the Universe will provide for all of one's needs. It allows one to develop gratitude through perceiving and receiving the gifts of the Divine. Emerald links the personal heart with the energy of Divine Love.
Emotionally: Emerald is a wonderful emotional healer. It allows one to display one's compassionate, caring nature without fear of vulnerability. It encourages one to trust the Divine in all things and to surrender one's personal version of what reality 'should' be. Emerald can assist in overcoming feelings of unworthiness, fear of scarcity and abandonment. It encourages acceptance of others without judgement or imposition of one's own views of reality.
Physically: Emerald is a strong heart healer and can assist the physical heart in recovering from all manner of imbalances or diseases.
Affirmation: 'Through love and compassion, all things are healed and blessings flow freely.'
Chakra: Root (1st), Muladhara
Key words: strength & security
Affirmation: 'I am grounded and secure in my physical body and I draw from deep wells of strength and vitality.'
Chakras: Heart (4th), Anahata.
Key words: public speaking, confidence, growth, abundance, material success
Affirmation: 'I am confident and dependable and speak my truth with confidence.'
Chakra: Root (1st), Muladhara.
Key words: grounding, manifestation, making the spiritual physical.
Affirmation: 'Through my body, I ground the energies of the Light realms in this world'
Chakra: All, especially Third Eye (6th), Ajna; Heart (4th), Anahata.
Key words: Inner bridges, psychic ability, connecting with Nature, past-life recall, telepathy, empathy
Affirmation: 'I cross the inner-bridges which lead to my growth, opening to the etheric realms, the world of Nature, and the land of the heart.'
Key words: magic & protection.
Affirmation: 'I call forth the clarity and wisdom of higher awareness.'
Chakras: Third Eye (6th), Ajna; Throat (5th), Vishuddha.
Key words: inner vision, truthful communication, royal virtues
Affirmation: 'I claim the sovereignty and power of my highest self, and I align myself with my highest truth.'
Chakras: Root (1st), Muladhara; Solar Plexus (3rd), Manipura; Third Eye (6th), Ajna.
Key words: inner strength, focused attention, willpower, self-mastery, discipline, reason
Affirmation: 'I work on all my chosen tasks with clear focus, strong discipline, unrelenting perseverance and high efficiency.'
Key words: Intensification of emotions, purification.
Affirmation: 'I am aware of my emotions & their sources, and I release them into the Light.'
Chakras: Heart (4th), Anahata; Solar Plexus (3rd), Manipura.
Key words: Universal Love, empathy, compassion, unity, trust, harmony and kindness
Affirmation: 'I move through the world with loving kindness and choose to uplift myself and others through all my thoughts, words and actions.'
Chakras: Heart, Anahata (4th)
Key words: Love, emotional healing
Affirmation: 'My heart is healed & whole, and I radiate the energies of Love.'
Prasiolite (Green Amethyst)
Chakras: Heart (4th), Anahata; Crown (7th), Sahasrara; Third Eye (6th), Ajna; Solar Plexus(3rd), Manipura.
Key words: awakening the heart, linking the lower and higher self, deep connection with nature.
Affirmation: 'I link and integrate the higher and lower aspects of my being with my awakened heart.'
Chakras: Third Eye (6th), Ajna; Crown (7th), Sahasrara.
Key words: mystery, self-discovery, intuition, insight, dreams & the goddess
Affirmation: 'I call forth the energies of Grandmother Moon and open myself to wisdom She awakens within.'
Earth Element Stones
Stones related to the Earth element tend to resonate with the physical level of our experience. These stones are what we would consider to be ‘grounding’ stones. They help regulate high-frequency energy and create biochemical and energetic shifts, enabling one to feel more present in the body and on the Earth.
The Earth element governs the structure of our lives - home, job, family structure and 0nancial aspects - and the structure of the physical body. These stones can be helpful in working on the dense aspects of the body, such as the bones, tissues, muscles; or they may be used to support the changes in the more established structures of our lives, such as ending long-term relationships, changing careers, moving house, or changing the physical body.
Water Element Stones
The Water element governs the emotional body, circulatory system, lymphatic system and the fluids of the body. It helps one to release the past and flow toward the future, to communicate one’s feelings and truth to others, and to feel more love and compassion. When working with Water element stones, one can expect to learn how to communicate more effectively and how set emotional boundaries. Water element stones assist in maintaining healthy emotional balance and are frequently used to alleviate depression, excessive fear, sleep dysfunction and hyperactivity.
Fire Element Stones
Fire element stones help fortify and balance the energy systems of the body. They govern the flow of energy through the meridians, deal with the vitality of the chakras (the body’s main energy centres) and, on a more physical level, assist the reproductive, digestive and endocrine systems. Fire element stones affect such aspects of the body as digestion and metabolism, hormonal balance, glandular issues, sexual function, desire, and fertility. These stones tend to stimulate the body and the body’s energy field.
Wind Element Stones
The Wind element governs the mental aspect and opens the doorway to the spirit world. It brings messages from the spirit realm in the form of visions, information and/or ‘hunches’. On a physical level, the Wind element governs the respiratory system and mental cognition. Wind element stones stimulate the respiratory system and enhance brain function and mental abilities. They are often used to facilitate meditation, to support study and learning, and to enhance mental clarity.
Storm Element Stones
Storm element stones are used when massive transformation, cleansing and radical dynamic balancing are in order. These stones often work on many different levels, affecting all of the body’s systems and elemental energies. They are generally used only for short periods of time and in circumstances when one is ready for tremendous change.